Haslam: Prisoner Rehab Saves Money

Michael Tarmack of Cookeville said he was led astray by a woman and began taking drugs and cooking meth four years ago, when he was 38.
Robert Fritts, 27, of Athens, Tenn., said he succumbed to peer pressure and got hooked on pain pills and morphine.

They both wound up behind bars. But now they say they are putting the shattered pieces of their lives back together, thanks to the nation’s first statewide residential Recovery Court.

Gov. Bill Haslam, three of his commissioners, a judge and a state senator were among the dignitaries officially launching the court Tuesday.

…“We’re not just trying to save money,” Haslam told a large crowd assembled next to the three dorms where participants will live in barracks-like conditions. “We’re trying to make certain that the men who come here don’t come back.”

Haslam said it costs an average of $65 per inmate per day to house felons in prison, but the Recovery Court will average $35 per person per day.

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