KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT)- Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill was in Kosciusko County Wednesday to announce an $87,700 grant that will launch the jail chemical addiction program.
The program is for inmates facing addiction.
"Much of the concern is about opioids, but I'm here to tell you, it's not just opioids, folks. It's methamphetamine, it's synthetic, it's widespread. And it's destroying our youth," Attorney General Hill said.
Through a partnership with the Bowen Center, the program allows some inmates to get clean if they choose, and avoid going back behind bars.
"They've got to step up to the plate. And there are a lot of people out there who have addictions, who want the help, but they can't quite get to where they need to be, and that's what we're here to do," Hill said.
It costs about 55 dollars a day to house one inmate in Kosciusko County, but Sheriff Rocky Goshert said keeping inmates from being arrested again will ultimately save tax payer dollars, but added it's not for everyone.
"It's not going to be open to sex offenders, assault, those kind of things. The higher end of criminal element, right now, it won't be open to," Goshert said.
The goal is to punish those who commit crimes, while also preparing them to be released back into society.
"A very important aspect of this is after they've been released, and the on-going care to get new habits forming in who they associate with, how they operate, how they think, and how they feel about themselves," Hill said.
The JCAP program will start in a few weeks, but Kosciusko County has already taken steps to fight the drug problem and addiction behind bars, with boxes where residents can dump expired medications, and discussions on how to keep drugs out of the jail.
JCAP has already been successful in Dearborn County. AG Hill said he's confident we could see the program in more Indiana counties in the future.