Substance abuse issues

Dear Editor:

I have written in the past about the challenges of people in our community with substance abuse issues. I want to bring awareness to how the COVID pandemic has been especially hard on them. “Out of an abundance of caution” many who were incarcerated in County Jail were released to reduce the risk of infection among inmates, this was done without a plan for how these individuals would survive upon immediate release. In addition, changes were made to the bail requirements making it easier for alleged offenders to get a Personal Recognizance Bond.

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This story was posted on October 15, 2020.