|North Carolina Department of Public Safety|
Beverly Eaves Perdue
Alvin W. Keller Jr.
North Carolina Department of Correction
|For Release:||Contact: Pamela Walker|
|Date: July 26, 2010||Phone: 919 -716-3700|
Governor Beverly Perdue helped open the Black Mountain Substance Abuse Treatment Center for Women at a dedication event today. Numerous other state, regional and local officials, as well as private treatment providers, attended the ceremony.
“Alcohol and drug addiction are major contributors to criminal behavior,” said Correction Secretary Alvin Keller. “This facility will give us a new tool to reduce crime and recidivism among women, getting them treatment they need before they end up in prison.”
one of the fastest growing segments of the state’s prison
population, and about half of yearly prison admissions are the
result of probation revocations.
A residential treatment center in
May 10 when the Department of Correction and its Division of
Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency Programs finished converting the
Black Mountain Substance Abuse Treatment Center for Women is a 50-bed facility providing clinical substance abuse treatment for female probationers and parolees. It will ultimately serve as many as 200 residents a year, using a 90-day program.
Some of the residents are probationers whose court judgments ordered them to attend the treatment program. Other women at the center are former inmates on parole who are seeking to re-enter society successfully.
The center, funded through state legislation, is a long-awaited response to requests for such a facility from judges, legislators and probation officers.
of the former
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