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New program can help keep women from returning to jail

Staff Report • Feb 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

The Carter County Detention Center has launched a new program aimed at helping female inmates learn important life skills and develop self-confidence.

The Red Legacy program hopes to help women successfully transition from the “big house” back to their own houses.

The program is essential in helping female felons deal with the issues that too often land them back behind bars.

Unfortunately, there is no magic cure that will keep parolees from returning to prisons or local jails.

Officials with Red Legacy say 90 percent of the women they deal with admit to having alcohol and drug problems.

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs help, but too often they are the first programs to get the budget ax in Washington and Nashville.

Such was the case last year when the Feds cut funding for a substance abuse counseling program at the Washington County Detention Center.

Locking these inmates up and throwing away the key is not an option. It never has been, and never will be.

Giving inmates a chance to leave behind their bad behaviors when they return to society is the only practical way of dealing with recidivism.

Programs like that in Carter County may be our best hope for seeing that the women who leave that jail never return again.

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