Morgan Co. Correctional Facility to implement new program

Morgan Co. Correctional Facility to implement program for drug addicted prisoners

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Those admitted will have counselors and other support staff to assist with their recovery. Those admitted will have counselors and other support staff to assist with their recovery.
"My understanding is the inmates will do their own cooking, they will do a lot of things custodial staff will do. So it'll be a self contained unit," Edwards said. "My understanding is the inmates will do their own cooking, they will do a lot of things custodial staff will do. So it'll be a self contained unit," Edwards said.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

WARTBURG (WATE) - The first program in the country to help drug addicted prisoners will be in East Tennessee at the Morgan County Correctional Complex.

Right now, a drug addicted prisoner goes right into the mainstream prison population, and prison officials say that's not always the best scene for a drug addict to get better.

This program separates them from the rest of the population.

"So they can recover they can back into the public and lead a productive life along with the rest of us," said Morgan County Executive Don Edwards.

The residential recovery court is a 100 bed program that'll be housed in a separate section of the prison complex.

Those admitted will have counselors and other support staff to assist with their recovery.

They'll also have a little more freedom than other inmates.

"My understanding is the inmates will do their own cooking, they will do a lot of things custodial staff will do. So it'll be a self contained unit," Edwards said.

It saves the public money as well. The cost of the average prisoner is $65 a day, but recovery court is just $35 a person.

Pilot studies have shown it achieves a greater goal for the entire state.

"The best part about it is the recidivism rate is going to be 20 percent compared to 50 percent with a regular inmate in our correctional facilities."

The Morgan County executive said people in the area should not be concerned for their safety.

Even though these state prisoners have a few more freedoms, they will be in a very secure facility.

A recovery court ribbon cutting will be held at the end of the month.

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