An editorial from The Exponent Telegram
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Earlier this month, the Division of Corrections and Regional Jail Authority teamed up to launch the state’s first inpatient drug treatment program at a regional jail.
The Residential Substance Abuse Treatment unit at the Southwestern Regional Jail in Logan County has 28 beds. Combined with other RSATs located at state prisons, there are now 535 beds dedicated to the program statewide.
The inpatient units allow those who are sentenced to prison terms the ability to receive treatment while incarcerated. The inmates will remain in the unit, eating meals and working together on projects.
“They are put into this environment for 6-12 months to develop a sense of community to come to understand their addiction affects not just them, but it affects all the people around them…