A new study from Canada finds that female prisoners who did not participate in a drug rehab program after their release were 10 times more likely to return to prison within a year. More than one-third of those women returned to prison within six months.
These findings underscore the importance of drug rehab for prisoners after their release. It is clear that women are especially vulnerable to relapsing soon after leaving the prison walls.
“We don’t want these women re-offending, we want them to remain in the community and be successful,” said Flora Matheson, a medical sociologist at St. Michael’s Hospital’s Centre for Research on Inner City Health.