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“Doing Time” In Treatment, Not Prison

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 

As the opioid crisis worsened, many judges in Kentucky began noticing a disturbing pattern. A growing number of criminal defendants were overdosing and dying before their cases could be concluded. The judges figured keeping them behind bars and alive was better than the alternative. So, they increased cash bonds. That sent the jail population soaring. Clearly, another approach was needed.

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Addiction Treatment Behind Bars

By Mark Powell on November 6, 2019

 
Terry Carl didn’t like what he saw. Addiction was spreading rampantly through his native Northern Kentucky, bringing death and destruction with it. As the Kenton County jailer, he teamed up with Addiction Services Director Jason Merrick to do something about it.
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DART Hits the Target

By Simone Greene on October 30, 2019

 

After Vietnam, time as a combat medic and over 40 years in law enforcement, Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp thought he’d seen it all. He was mistaken. Nothing could prepare him to witness people suffering through addiction and withdrawal in jail. “Every time I walked in, I would see a young person, people you would never imagine lying in a cell, suffering through withdrawal. It was a horrible sight, and I knew I wanted to help.” 

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The Verdict is Treatment

By Mark Powell on October 30, 2019

 

“Scary.” That’s how Hocking County Municipal Judge Fred Moses describes his first months on the bench. Justice is blind, they say. But Judge Moses couldn’t turn a blind eye to the parade of disturbing things he kept seeing. “I had walked into a war zone, and it was eye-opening.” 

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One is Too Hot, One is Too Cold, Goldilocks Program Finds What is Just Right

By Mark Powell on September 10, 2019

 

One is too hot. One is too cold. And one is just right.

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Transitioning to a Substance Free Life

By Mark Powell on September 10, 2019

 

It was just sitting there, a big vacant structure across the street from the Clackamas County Jail. For many years it had housed a local sheriff’s office precinct. Then on a cold day in February 2016, it began a new mission as the home of the Clackamas County Transition Center.

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