As soon as the inmate is in the Sheriff’s system, he/she is submitted for an addiction/alcohol evaluation. This will include a full spectrum of mental and physical health. After all inmates are evaluated in reference to substance abuse, various programs will be offered, including:
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Employing Addiction Specialists
- Boot Camps
- Education (Short/long term affects of drug use)
- Mental/Emotional Evaluation
- Seeking Support From Faith-Based Organizations
- Seeking Support From In-Service Organizations
When an individual has progressed in his/her recovery to the satisfaction of our clinical staff, an evaluation will be completed to determine which program(s) will be compatible with the individual. The purpose of this is to connect the inmate with the skills to prepare him/her for successful community reentry. This includes, but is not limited to, mentoring programs, GED programs, community college, vocational school and apprenticeship programs through unions. I am receptive to any productive rehabilitation program. As with any addiction, the individual has to admit they have a problem in order to effectively continue the recovery process.
Under my administration, the Sheriff’s ofﬁce will support, consider, and employ any program that will aid in the rehabilitation of inmates. This includes, but is not limited to, pushing to expand “Drug Courts” to include evaluation of an inmate’s status before, during and after incarceration.
Addressing The Opiate Problem
Unfortunately, the opiate problem is extensive, complex and evolving. My approach is comprehensive. It is a three pronged approach that includes:
3. An Improved Information Network
My program is a program that starts at the grade school level of informing both students and parents of the perils of addiction. We will encourage mentoring programs, intervention with youth, anti-drug programs, and support of police league anti-gang programs. This comprehensive prevention initiative must be a coordinated effort with the private, public, and non-proﬁt sectors of the community working collaboratively. Individuals who walk into the Sheriff’s ofﬁce with addiction issues will be given an opportunity to seek treatment under the guidance of the ofﬁce.
In my administration, we will actively support local, state and federal agencies in their mission to enforce laws against illicit drug sales in Essex County. I beleive if we treat individuals and reduce substance abuse, we will indirectly impact the suppression of trafﬁckers, suppliers and dealers. Ultimately, reducing addiction rates will reduce crime. A key tool in this ﬁght will be to deepen and broaden our intelligence network in Essex county with speciﬁc attention to this issue.