So I thought I'd post this cover story from 10/17 last Friday's LA Times. The piece highlights poignant personal stories of incarcerated, and formerly incarcerated, female addicts. It also provides a damning quote from a recent Schwarzenegger insider: "Kathy Jett, formerly Schwarzenegger's top aide for prisoner rehabilitation, said gangs may attempt to fill the void created by the absence of programs."
For purposes of this blog, though, the article also provides some worrisome statistics.
- Rehab services lose $250 million a year, more than 40% of what they now get and a quarter of the $1 billion total sliced from the prison system.
- "At the same time, the state is eliminating 45% of the seats in its substance-abuse programs for parolees."
- The featured rehab provider previously helped 756 women, and will now reach only 175.