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Deputy Attorney General Says Every County Jail Should Have Drug Addiction Program
Updated November 15, 2017 10:10 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(SCOTT CO.) - Chief Deputy Attorney General Aaron Negangard says every county jail should be a part of a new program aimed to stop the drug addiction problem sweeping across Indiana.

On Tuesday the department hosted a meeting in Scottsburg, to teach southern Indiana jail and court officials about the Jail Chemical Addiction Program, or JCAP. The program started at the Dearborn County jail in 2007. So far 392 inmates have participated in the program. Over a ten month period they have had a 14 percent recidivism rate compared to a 40 percent or higher for those who did not participate in the program.

JCAP is focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, along with group and individual counseling. The program teaches inmates coping skills to help them break free from drugs and alcohol. Inmates must first volunteer to be a part of the program and spend a minimum of 90 in JCAP.

The Indiana Attorney General Office will host six more similar meetings across the state through February to teach counties about the program and encourage local leaders to create one of their own.

The Indiana Attorney General Office is offering to help other counties with the information needed to start a program. Leaders will also help offer suggestions on where to find funding. Negangard said there will be state grant money available in 2018 for counties hoping to create a JCAP.

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