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Michael F. Easley, Governor           Theodis Beck, Secretary

For Immediate Release
May 30, 2001
Contact: Keith Acree
             Public Information Officer
             (919) 716-3700

Private Drug / Alcohol Treatment Center for inmates Closing

CHARLOTTE- Right Turn of North Carolina, a private chemical dependency treatment center, will close its doors Thursday, May 31, as a result of budget cuts within the Department of Correction.

"The contract with Right Turn was set to expire May 31 and after careful consideration we decided not to renew the contract," said Department of Correction Secretary Theodis Beck. "Governor Michael Easley asked our Department to cut its budget and we felt we could provide comparable treatment to inmates in other ways. The Department is committed to providing treatment to offenders with substance abuse problems."

Approximately 70 inmates assigned to Right Turn of North Carolina have been transferred to other prison facilities or treatment centers. The inmates, who have no more than 24 months remaining on their sentences, were first assigned to the treatment center after being identified as having a substance abuse problem. All work release inmates who were assigned to Right Turn have been transferred to Charlotte Correctional Center and will be able to continue working in Mecklenburg County.

Right Turn of North Carolina has been providing treatment center beds and transitional services for inmates since September 1995.


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