Thursday, April 14, 2016

West Virginia launches in-jail drug treatment for inmates

(AP) — West Virginia has launched its first inpatient treatment program in a regional jail.

Media outlets report the residential substance abuse treatment unit at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Logan County opened Monday.

It will serve inmates who've been sentenced to the Division of Corrections, which already operates residential substance abuse treatment units at nine of the state's prisons.

Many inmates who have been sentenced to corrections custody are housed in regional jails because of prison overcrowding.

Executive Director David Farmer of the Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority said in a statement that the 28-bed unit will assist inmates with substance abuse addictions on their journey of recovery and rehabilitation as they prepare to return to life outside the correctional setting.

The DOC will staff and administer the treatment unit.