The money, both federal and state, is still flowing to drug treatment programs at Missouri prisons. The state has learned it will receive $1.3-Million from Washington to fund programs in Fordland and St. Joseph. State Corrections Director Gary Kempker says the effectiveness of the programs convinced lawmakers to not cut the drug treatment dollars, despite the tight state budget. Kempker says the majority of inmates in Missouri prisons have substance abuse problems, either with alcohol or with drugs. He says it is vital that the state help prisoners cope with the problem if the state expects them to leave the prisons for good once they complete their sentences.
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