By MONA NAIR6 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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