To The Daily Sun,
Thank you, representatives Tilton, Huot, Fields, Frasier and Spagnuolo for your courageous votes in supporting the CORE Program at the Belknap County Corrections Center.
Breaking the chain of recidivism with evidence-based programing is not only good for those incarcerated, it’s a benefit to our local economy, our community and our state. Sullivan County’s re-entry TRAIL Program, which is the template for CORE, has achieved dramatic positive results in reducing recidivism from 60 percent to 2 percent. This achievement puts Sullivan County in the top 1 percent nationally for successful reentry programs. Comprehensive treatment, recovery and education programs work well and the evidence is right here in New Hampshire.
Minimum mandatory sentencing, three strike laws, executions and walls that reach the solar system will not end our opioid crisis. So long as there is demand, opioids will wreak havoc on our community. A fully funded CORE Program will reduce demand and have a positive meaningful impact on all of those around us that are suffering. Now is not the time to take a wait and see approach. Too many have already succumbed to the insidious disease of addiction. Now is the time to support our elected leaders like Frank Tilton, Dave Huot, Dennis Fields, Valerie Fraser and Phil Spagnuolo. I hope the Belknap County Delegation will reconsider their decision and support CORE.