Friday, September 7, 2007

Are We Witnessing a Come-Back of Prison Substance Abuse Programs?

In a one-line nod to prison substance abuse programs
, a Colorado Confidential news article by Erin Rosa announced a major development.
...The House has also allotted 10 million to residential substance abuse treatment for state prisoners throughout the nation, along with 5 million set aside to improve state and local law enforcement intelligence capabilities with anti-terrorism and civil rights training.
It will cost taxpayers an extra $5 million to ward off attacks on the bill from the far right wing -- the dangling little crank-bait, "you-wouldn't-dare-mess-with anti-terrorism-legislation" tacked onto the end of a Congressional appropriations bill -- but Congress has finally begun to fight back in order to prevent skyrocketing recidivism rates caused by an era of conservative law & order backlash against crime and substance abuse begun in the 80s during the Reagan years.

It is only $10 million, but the substance abuse rider included in a bill to support Bureau of Prisons employees against Bush era of cronyism and privatization represents a promise of return to "corrections" and "rehabilitation" programs that have shown themselves effective in saving money in the long-run.

Rehabilitation programs have been gutted under Bush who, by favoring prison privatization on the cheap, has caved in to a corporatist prison industry who privately celebrates the surging recidivism rates that have resulted in unprecedented industry-wide profits and the building of the American Prison State.

We salute the House of Representatives for putting a toe in the water of progress. We expect more to come.


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