In the News - Treating Addiction Instead of Prosecuting

Woonsocket program seeks to end arrest cycle

By Katie Mulvaney

The initiative — the Law Enforcement Assisted Deflection, Engagement and Retention in treatment, or LEADER program — has secured a three-year grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to support the effort.

"Substance us disorder is an illness. When a person has cancer, we don't penalize them. We treat it with kindness and compassion," Judge Rodgers said in her chambers...

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