There are a lot of things I like about the idea of of training inmates to to provide recovery support and basic treatment in prison. (Although it shouldn’t be a replacement for experienced professionals.) I feel a little queasy about prisons being a workforce recruitment and development center:
Nine inmates in the Addiction Counselors Training (ACT) program, which began training inmates to become certified drug and alcohol counselors in 2005, were honored at the event. Working under clinical supervision by experienced addiction treatment professionals, the inmate counselors provide peer counseling, case management and education services to other inmates in the Addiction Recovery Counseling (ARC) program while in custody and will receive job placement counseling and referrals for employment in the addictions treatment field when they are paroled, prison officials reported.