Female Inmates Addicted To Drugs Will Soon Have Treatment As An Option

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Some women addicted to drugs and in jail can soon get treatment while they serve their time.

Pike County is starting a women's drug rehab program in the jail.

Pike County Jailers say most of the women inmates are addicted to drugs and keep committing crimes once they are released.

Many also have children.

Jailer Rodney Scott and UNITE Pike members, tired of seeing families broken, are using more than 400-thousand dollars in grant money to start a women's treatment center in the jail.

“If we can help one person inside the jail to get off drugs, then to become a productive citizen, then you know, it is worth it,” Jailer Rodney Scott said.

”It's just phenomenal. It is something that is going to be extremely good for our community,” Barry Chaney said.

The jail has a men's rehab program that jailers say works. Almost all graduates stay clean and out of trouble after their release. Organizers believe the women's program will have similar results.

Counselors say the women's program is not only rehab, but also helps mothers focus on their children and how to be a parent.

Women from local churches will be mentors.

The mentors will stick with the women after they get out of jail and help get them back on their feet and away from drugs.

They hope it saves lives, and families.

Westcare will run the treatment program.

To get in, inmates must apply.

The program will take 16 women at a time and takes six months to complete.

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