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Treatment programs continue at Lincoln and Logan Correctional Centers

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Dear Editor:

The Gateway Foundation works hard at the Lincoln and Logan Correctional Centers locally and other centers in Illinois to help challenged citizens -- some of them prison inmates -- fight drug and alcohol addiction.

Recently, some of our employees chose to participate in an AFSCME work stoppage at the Sheridan Correctional Center in LaSalle County. Despite that stoppage, we are still fulfilling our commitment to inmates and our state contract.

The Gateway Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists solely to help rescue people from drug and alcohol addiction. Our employees work in either correctional or community centers in Illinois and several other states, helping people fight drug and alcohol addiction and become productive citizens.

We are not a privately held, publicly traded or profit-seeking company. Our business model is to deliver high-quality care at a minimal cost to benefit the recipients of our services and Illinois taxpayers. At Lincoln and Logan Correctional Centers we are doing just that.

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As we work toward a reasonable solution at Sheridan, we want to stress that Lincoln and Logan Correctional Centers are not affected in any way. Our skilled, compassionate workers continue to provide a critical service to the men and women who need it.

Like other Gateway programs, the treatment facility at the Sheridan Correctional Center has been a success story since the facility reopened in 2004. Nearly 3,000 offenders have entered six- to nine-month treatment programs, and "graduates" are 49 percent less likely to be incarcerated again.

All of this is possible thanks to the dedication and empathy of our work force at Lincoln and Logan Correctional Centers and other Gateway programs. Through them, we are delivering results and making a tremendous difference in people's lives.


Michael Darcy
President and CEO
The Gateway Foundation

(Posted June 17, 2006)

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