Kentucky Works to Give Addicted Inmates Treatment Behind Bars

An estimated 80 percent of people in U.S. prisons have substance abuse problems, but they are far less likely to return to jail if they receive treatment while behind bars, Kentucky data show.

Typically, 30 percent of Kentucky inmates with substance abuse problems return to jail, according to the Kentucky Department of Corrections. But a 2011 University of Kentucky study showed that number drops to 20 percent among inmates who receive substance abuse treatment.

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