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Daviess Co. Jail Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Beyond Inmate Sentences
Updated April 14, 2014 12:28 PM
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Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit

(WASHINGTON) - A program at the Daviess County Jail in Washington, is promoting healthy lifestyles beyond an inmates' sentence.

The program, which starts in jail, helps inmates cope with battling addiction and persuasion after they are released back into society.

RARE, which stands for Resisting Addictions with Recovery and Education, was the original idea of Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit.

Every Tuesday and Thursday night the inmates meet in a briefing room on the security center's top floor. The event is similar to a church service; a group leader speaks, with a residual theme revolving around the study of Christianity.

However, the floor is also opened to inmates who want to talk about their addiction struggles.

There are no jail bars. The inmates are not restrained. Only one deputy stands guard at the door.

At the Thursday evening meetings, inmates family members are allowed to attend the service. According to the program organizers, this helps lighten the atmosphere and encourages families to take part in their loved ones recovery process.

Many offenders, who have finished their sentence, are returning to help with the program.

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