NEW YORK – Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco joined with members of the county’s drug treatment community, program volunteers and county officials to officially kick off the Sheriff’s Addiction Treatment Program (SATP) wing housed in a newly renovated section of the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank.
The SATP recently replaced the jail’s former DWI initiative, and according to Sheriff DeMarco, offers a timely and effective treatment course for inmates whose criminal behavior correlates with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. “The drug epidemic is affecting every community on Long Island and across the nation. It impacts individuals, small business, our schools and quality of life. Almost every robbery in recent years can be linked to an opioid addiction, and the Suffolk County Correctional Facility should do all it can to help address this public crisis.”
During the ceremony at the county jail, he thanked all of the non-profit organizations that have stepped up to support the Sheriff’s Office’s rehabilitation programs. Approximately seventy people attended the event, including County Executive Steve Bellone and Legislator Tom Barraga. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to tour the new wing of the jail.
Sheriff DeMarco has spearheaded many innovative initiatives throughout his tenure. Last year he launched a Veterans Re-entry POD, and in 2011 he created the Youth Tier Initiative for incarcerated youth.
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