Pubdate: Tue, 03 May 2011 Source: Chilliwack Times (CN BC) Copyright: 2011 Chilliwack Times Contact: http://www.chilliwacktimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/1357 Author: Michael Hodge HOUSING, NOT MORE PRISONS Editor: Our prisons are full of addicts who will someday be released back into society. In prison there are no drugs; plus there is counselling, food and shelter. The addict problems come into play in the days and weeks following the release of the addict from prison. After prison, the addict has the counselling. But, other than limited Salvation Army beds, there is no affordable shelter outside prison for the addict and when the addict finds themselves homeless, hungry and cold, the root of the addiction rears its soothing head and soon we have a repeat offender or a death. By not providing permanent shelter for the addict, after the addict is released from prison, all the millions of taxpayer dollars spent to professionally treat the addict in prison are wasted. We give illegal people who land on our shores money, housing, food, counselling, medical treatment, and more, yet we give our own Canadian citizens, whose only crime are addictions, nothing. We do not need to spend billions of dollars to build new prisons to house our addicts to prevent crime; what we need to do is build more housing for our rehabilitated addicts and get them into affordable housing where they can live and not have to commit crime to afford housing. Michael Hodge Chilliwack - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.