Bill Moyers Examines Women, Incarceration and Addiction

The vast majority of women behind bars in the U.S. are non-violent offenders who committed crimes to feed drug addiction. Experts say that without successful treatment for substance abuse and training for re-entry into society, the odds are they will return to prison.

In New York City a unique program, Project Greenhope, has turned around the lives of thousands of women by addressing the underlying issues of their behavior. Remarkably, 70 percent of the Project Greenhope’s women complete the program, compared to a 70 percent drop out rate for similar treatment facilities. What does Project Greenhope’s success mean for the future of a U.S. criminal justice system that stresses punishment not rehabilitation?

On Friday, May 21, 2004 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), NOW with Bill Moyers profiles this extraordinary program and explores how it might hold a key for a costly and bulging corrections system that some believe is in crisis.