W. Ky. jail to offer new drug treatment program

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 20, 2013 at 11:21 am •  Published: January 20, 2013
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HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — A jail in Henderson is one of three that has been chosen by the state to house a new substance abuse program.

The program would involve 50 female inmates at one time being lodged at the jail for six months while going through treatment, The Gleaner (http://bit.ly/W4W0Nb) reported. Henderson County Judge-Executive Hugh McCormick said the state would pay the county to house and treat the inmates, which would help stabilize the jail's finances. He noted it also would help rehabilitate people.

"Hopefully it will help people, help them get back on the right track. Not everybody sitting in a jail today needs to be in a jail. Some of them need to be in substance abuse programs," he said.

The program is expected to begin in March.

"This is the governor's way of giving people another chance in getting rehab to the felons who are out there," jail worker Col. Amy Martin said. "A lot of the people who are recommended for parole nowadays ... they're not released to the streets anymore. They have to go through substance abuse (treatment) before they're turned out into the community."

McCormick credited Jailer Ron Herrington for getting the program.

"Lots of people wanted it because everybody's inmate numbers are down," he said. "This will help us in a very good way. It'll stabilize the population."

In order to facilitate the program, the county will hire two full-time employees and one part-time worker.

"We think this program will be wonderful for the community even though we don't pick who goes into these programs," McCormick said. "The state of Kentucky will pick those."

The local jail currently has about 180 state inmates, and this would be an additional 50. The facility has a total of 590 beds for local and state inmates.

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Information from: The Gleaner, http://www.thegleaner.com/