It’s estimated that 85% of those incarcerated have substance abuse issues. Despite incarceration, their habits often continue with nearly 90% not receiving adequate – or any – treatment during detention.
A major reason for an overwhelmed criminal justice system in our country is directly related to alcohol and drug-related behavior and crimes.
Prairie Center is a proud partner in several important criminal justice outreach programs that link people in this system with the support and education they need to grow and change, help them honestly address issues around their addiction, and to learn new skills to help end destructive behavior – to themselves, their families, and their communities.
Our country spends billions on incarceration, court proceedings, probation, and parole for substance-involved adult and juvenile offenders, but provides less than 1% of that funding for prevention and treatment.
Still, study after study shows that for every $1 spent on treatment, we can reap up to $7 in benefits from reduced health care impacts, decreased crime, increased employment and productivity, and lower incarceration costs.
Treating people involved in the criminal justice system for their substance abuse issues makes sense any way you look at it.
Through these partnerships, Prairie Center has helped thousands of people involved in the criminal justice system gain a vision and a path for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Our services have helped young adults learn new behaviors, helped courts keep people out of prison, and helped those on probation and parole address their drug and alcohol problems.