Substance Abuse Treatment and Recidivism Reduction (STARR)

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STARR is a cooperative effort between CJRC and the Durham County Office of the Sheriff. The STARR program provides comprehensive substance use disorder treatment services to incarcerated men and women in the Durham County Detention Facility.  The mission of the program is to offer structured programming to modify behaviors that lead to criminal activity and to assist the individual to recover from addiction.  

For additional information contact:

Tremaine Sawyer, STARR Program Supervisor 
(919) 560-0960 

  2018 STARR Schedule

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Inmates may enter the program voluntarily or through a court order. Treatment consists of approximately 83 hours of addiction education, group therapy, and community resources education during each of the STARR & STARR GRAD programs. A minimum score of 92 out of 100 points is required in order to graduate. Points are awarded based on attendance, participation, and successful completion of daily written and reading assignments. Participants also attend 12-step (AA & NA) recovery meetings each week. The attainment of points encourages active involvement and positive behavior while discouraging passive resistance and negative behavior. 

An additional four-week program (STARR GRAD) is available for inmates who have successfully completed the STARR Program in the past month and remain incarcerated. Admission to GRAD is determined based on successful completion of STARR, release dates, as well as the client’s participation and behavior while in STARR regardless of any court order.

The GRAD Program offers the same service delivery system of daily class and group sessions, written assignments, self-help meetings, point system, and the achievement of graduation. Participants are also challenged to demonstrate positive behaviors and become positive role models for the new STARR class.

Transitional case management services are provided to link individuals to available resources according to their needs assessment and service plan objectives. A case manager is utilized to facilitate referrals to appropriate treatment and housing facilities. Every effort is made to satisfy the receiving program’s requirements prior to release so that the individual may move from incarceration to the receiving service without delay.