Grant funds drug rehab program in state prisons - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Grant funds drug rehab program in state prisons

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Gov. Kay Ivey awarded a grant to the Alabama Department of Corrections Wednesday to help rehabilitate prison inmates with addictions that likely led to their arrest. 

The grant, totaling $38,888, will help supply materials for a voluntary drug rehabilitation program. The program will be offered at 17 prisons and holding facilities across the state. 

“There is no question that those who break our laws deserve the proper punishment based on their offenses, but they also deserve an opportunity for rehabilitation,” Ivey said. “If inmates come out of our prisons with the same drug habits they had going in, have we really accomplished anything other than keeping them off the streets? This program aims to help inmates break those addictions and behaviors that so often lead to multiple incarcerations.” 

The program will be eight weeks long to help treat drug addiction. Similar programs have been at state prisons for several years. 

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