Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence and Office of Drug Control Policy award $30,000 to expand drug treatment
Western Kentucky detention center receiving grant money
FRANKFORT, KY: Lt. Governor Pence and ODCP visited Owensboro today to award $30,000 in grant money to the Daviess County Detention Center. The funding will be used to expand a program which will provide substance abuse treatment for inmates. The program has had over 40 graduates and is now serving 35 inmates.
“It isn’t enough to just be tough on crime; we also need to be smart on crime,” said Lt. Governor Pence. “If we invest resources while they are incarcerated by helping them prepare to reenter society, providing job training and treatment for substance abuse, we make our communities safer by reducing the chance ex-prisoners will return to a life of crime.”
“These funds will continue to provide the Daviess County Detention Center the resources they need to stop the revolving door with people who abuse drugs,” said Teresa Barton, executive Director of ODCP. “It will encourage those individuals to turn their lives around and give them the chance to seek treatment. Providing more and effective substance abuse treatment in Kentucky is a priority of this administration and ODCP.”
These awards represent the second phase of a $1,000,000 pilot project which was appropriated by the General Assembly in 2005. Nine jails received funding during the first round, including Daviess County. Eight detention centers across the state will be receiving funding during this phase of the Community Corrections Recovery Pilot Program to either expand or begin treatment programs.