There are many reasons we need to change the decades-long regime in the Barnstable County Jail and House of Correction. The primary reason is that the profile of the average inmate is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Today, the majority of people in the jail or house of correction are suffering from mental illness and/or substance abuse problems. These people need myriad services that they are currently not receiving, and as a result the inmates are less likely to be rehabilitated. Simply put, the Barnstable County Jail and House of Correction has become a revolving door of recidivism. This neither serves the inmates nor our communities.

Cynthia Cole

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