WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $285,634 grant to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, located in Chicago, to help assist in the development and implementation of up to three substance abuse treatment programs in correctional and detention facilities across the state.
The grant was awarded through DOJ’s Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program.
“Today’s funding will create programs which aim to put inmates back on their feet, break a dreadful addiction, and reintegrate into society so they can reconnect with their communities.” Durbin said.
The program assists states and local governments to develop and implement substance abuse treatment programs in state and local correctional and detention facilities and to create and maintain community-based aftercare services for offenders. The goal of the program is to break the cycle of drugs and violence by reducing the demand for, use, and trafficking of illegal drugs.
Durbin said the program enhances the capability of states and units of local government to provide residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated inmates; prepares offenders for their reintegration into the communities from which they came by incorporating reentry planning activities into treatment programs; and assists offenders and their communities through the re-entry process through the delivery of community-based treatment and other broad-based aftercare services.