Editorial: Room for improvement in Northampton County Prison’s drug treatment program

Source: Express-Times, August 24, 2014

Northampton County’s investigation into the cost and effectiveness of its outsourced substance abuse treatment program for prison inmates has had to deal with a blur of numbers, particularly recidivism rates that can be difficult to nail down with certainty….. Last December, when county council renewed a $3.8 million, five-year contract with for-profit Community Education Centers to provide this service, Councilman Lamont McClure questioned whether the county was getting a good return for $760,000 a year — he was openly critical — and whether it might get equal or better results from a nonprofit group or other provider for less.