Prison and Jail Drug Programs in Florida and Jacksonville

According to Florida’s Miami Herald, 60,000 out of 90,000 inmates in Florida’s prisons have drug problems, yet only 7,000 were provided treatment. The state of Florida will spend around $4 million dollars in 2008 on substance abuse treatment in prison. Studies have shown that when an inmate gets treatment the probability that they commit future crimes goes down.

In Jacksonville, there is secured drug treatment in the pretrial detention facility called Matrix House. About 400 inmates graduate from this program each year. You have to be sentenced on a criminal charge to be admitted to the Matrix House and it takes between 4 and 6 months to complete. After the program is completed successfully, people are often placed on probation to participate in the Jacksonville drug program aftercare.

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