From the Governor’s Office:
|Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $38,888 grant to help Alabama prison inmates address addictions that likely led to or contributed to their incarceration.
The grant to the Alabama Department of Corrections will help supply materials for a voluntary drug rehabilitation program offered to male and female inmates at 17 prisons and holding facilities throughout 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.”
Funds will be used to supply materials necessary for the eight-week drug treatment program.
Similar programs have been offered at state prisons for several years.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey and the Alabama Department of Corrections in supporting this program to help turn lives around,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
“This partnership is a big step in helping inmates transition back into society. Public safety and our communities win when inmates are able to break an addiction.”
Ivey notified state Prison Commissioner Jeff Dunn that the grant had been approved.
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.