The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with New Horizons to implement a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at the county jail.
Offenders charged and incarcerated for crimes often associated with substance abuse such as theft and armed robbery will have the opportunity to participate in this free, 16-week program beginning Sept. 8, said Muscogee County Sheriff Ralph Johnson.
Upon their incarceration, participants can continue their drug treatment at New Horizons, said the jail's health services director Paul Morris.
Morris said current programs within the county jail, such as mental health court and drug court, provided the framework for this new venture. It is funded, he said, by the money Morris and his staff has saved through the implementation of its successful predecessors.
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The goal of the substance abuse rehab program is to lower the jail population by reducing recidivism, help offenders get back on their feet and encourage them to become productive members of society upon release.
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