When 37-year-old Jason was about to be released from jail earlier this year, he didn’t know what he was going to do. He did know, however, that he didn’t want to return to the life that had him cycling through jail and living on the streets. Luckily he found out about the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s S.T.A.R.T. (Sheriff’s Transitional Assistance Reentry Team) program.
S.T.A.R.T. arranged to have Jason, who was introduced to drugs at 16 and had been arrested seven times, enter the San Bernardino Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center with transportation from jail to the facility.
“When I came, one of the two deputies who brought me there got out of the driver’s seat and opened the back door and took off my handcuffs,” recalled Jason. “I was in jail mode and I was thinking, ‘I’m not ready yet, because if you take them off, I’m going to take off.'”
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