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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Recovery in a Safe Environment Program

Across the nation jails are over-populated with non-violent drug offenders who would be better served by treatment rather than incarceration. In a few forward thinking states, county jails offer substance abuse treatment programs that inmates can participate in. Since 2011, in the Denver County Jail inmates use a peer recovery model, known as the Recovery in a Safe Environment program, allowing prisoners to take a more active role in their substance abuse treatment, The Denver Post reports.

Last year, 208 men and 128 women participated in the program.

Working together with clinicians, inmates participate in day-long sessions and the inmates hold one another accountable for their choices. The program is rather intensive; inmates attend six days a week, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Denver County Jail is the only one in the state that offers this type of program, and one of only a few in the nation, the article notes. Some inmates are required to participate as part of their sentences, but many join voluntarily.

“The majority of the programming is run by inmates, which makes them more invested in the process and gives them an opportunity to take a more active role in their recovery,” Jamie Jackson, Program Administrator for the Denver County Jail, told the newspaper. “It really is a unique environment. Generally when you come to jail, you don’t ever want to show any type of weakness, but these men and women are letting their guard down.”

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