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Budget Problems Forcing Prisons to Cut Counseling

April 19, 2010

Throughout the country, thousands of inmates undergo substance abuse and chemical dependency treatment and counseling.

An article published on April 15, 2010 talked about the proposed budget cuts of slashing more than 23 million dollars from in-prison treatment programs.

The article explains the story of John Patrick Barton, who was in prison for his 3rd drunken driving conviction. During his sentence, he was never ordered to undergo treatment. After fifteen months, John was released from prison and ended up hitting and killing a woman and her teenage daughter, yes he was drunk. This story is not being used as an example or what could happen if these treatment cuts are made.

Click here to read the full article

Do you think cutting substance abuse and chemical dependency treatment should be enforced? Would it really save money, or do you think it would cost more money in the long run if you cut the treatment programs?

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