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Vilas County and Lac du Flambeau Tribe work to help inmates with addiction

VILAS COUNTY (WAOW) — Vilas County and the Lac du Flambeau Tribe are teaming up to help inmates with addiction through the Readiness for Recovery program.

“These issues that we’re dealing with don’t stop at the tribal reservation line, they don’t stop at the county line,” said Lac du Flambeau resource development specialist John Young.

The county jail starts the recovery process while inmates are in jail with 25 beds specifically dedicated to the program.

The hope by teaching skills and connecting inmates with community resources they’ll help break the cycle of addiction and recidivism.

“There’s been a huge push, at least with the sheriff’s department and the community up here, to be much more proactive,” said Vilas County Chief Deputy Patrick Schmidt.

The main goal is to find a long term solution for addiction, instead of just a temporary bandaid.

Sarah McGrew

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