The Sunday Oregonian brings a letter-to-the-editor from an inmate at Snake River.
I am an inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution. After three years of incarceration, I have seen very little drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
I have committed many crimes, including causing the death of another human being while under the influence of drugs. And, after more than 25 years of drug abuse, the Oregon Department of Corrections says that I do not qualify for any of the treatment programs. This makes absolutely no sense to me.
With calls for more community-based treatment for addiction, this leaves inmates to wait until release for help. With the Department of Corrections having a biannual budget of more than $1 billion, and a large percentage of inmates having issues with addiction, it is my opinion that this is a situation that is being overlooked, with a certain amount of naivete.
The public should be taking a closer look and asking questions. Incarceration without rehabilitation makes no sense to me.
TROY D. RAMBERG