On Monday, the Department of Justice announced a new program which Attorney General Eric Holder says “will require all 200-plus halfway houses in the federal system to offer standardized treatment to prisoners with mental health and substance abuse issues.” Is it just me or is anyone else wondering why if a prisoner is locked up for years, away from drugs and alcohol, would they need treatment for substance abuse once they got out?
In addition to those programs, the halfway houses will “have to provide greater assistance to inmates who are pursuing job opportunities, such as permitting cell phones to be used by inmates and providing funds for transportation.” Looks like a setup for Obama FREE phone, Part 2.
Here’s what Holder said about the new program (GOPUSA Reports):
Once fully implemented, these services will be available to every single one of the approximately 30,000 inmates who are released through halfway houses each year. This will ensure consistency and continuity of care between federal prisons and community-based facilities. And it will enhance the programs that help prisoners overcome their past struggles, get on the right path, and stay out of our criminal justice system.
These important changes and others are codified in BOP’s published requirements for halfway houses – which will be posted online this week. Over the next 30 days, those who operate halfway houses will have the opportunity to provide feedback on these newly proposed requirements. And I encourage members of the public to visit this site, learn about these tools, and make your voices heard as well – so we can all take an active part in constructing the more effective, more efficient, and more just system that everyone in this country deserves.
Just last year, “more than 30,000 federal inmates passed through a halfway house.” That’s a lot of inmates and a lot of bus fare and cell phones. So, what do you think America? Should our taxpayer money be spent on programs such as this?
~Rebel Rebellion III%