“A growing emphasis on care” in jail

It’s really nice to read a news story talking about good things that might be happening in jail for incarcerated individuals, many of whom are addicts.

Gone is the era when a “lock them up” attitude prevailed in dealing with the crimes that often accompany addiction, everything from possession of a controlled substance to stealing to support a drug habit. Now, presidential candidates are calling for treatment instead of incarceration as they talk of how addiction, specifically the opioid crisis, has affected friends and family.

But at South Bay, where nearly three-fourths of the inmates contend with substance abuse issues, a growing emphasis on care — and not just custody and control — predates the national spotlight trained on the issue of addiction.

Take a look at the Globe piece from yesterday which also delves into the politics of treatment over jail much discussed in the presidential race.


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