Monday, March 28, 2016

"a “ground-breaking” approach to treating non-violent prisoners with addiction"

"Several SAFE Coalition members toured the Essex County Correctional Facility with prison officials, Wrentham District Court probation officials, and officials from Norfolk County Sheriff’s office. Sheriff Frank Cousins began the tour with a presentation on his 42 bed detox facility which opened on December 7, 2015. 
We saw firsthand the innovative approach the sheriff is using to combat substance abuse disorder with pretrial detainees. The unit provides a positive environment for detoxification and long-term planning and provides a 28-day comprehensive treatment program to pretrial detainees to effectively address their addiction. 
Detainees wear a blue uniform, not the prisoner’s typical orange jumpsuit. The correction officers are dressed in khakis and polo shirts instead of the standard prison guard uniforms. And those residing in the unit attend five counseling sessions per day, as well as one-on-one meetings with a counselor."
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