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Economic Impact Report

A recent review of the assessment and treatment of offenders in Caymanian prisons [commissioned by The National Drug Council found that 85% of offenders have addiction issues which contribute to recidivism and continued criminal behavior. If these offenders were released with untreated substance abuse issues, most would likely re-offend.

Untreated substance abuse issues directly and indirectly impact the quality of life in Cayman in many ways. Repeat offenders usurp precious limited social and legal resources, congest courtrooms and create additional burdens on public defense councilors and law enforcement. Prison populations are growing, creating additional security and safety risks to offenders and prison facility staff.

Community safety and security is also negatively impacted by untreated drug and alcohol issues. Without adequate recovery resources, Caymanians suffering from untreated addictions contribute to an increased crime rate, destruction of community and private property, crimes against tourists and visitors, and increasingly, additional negative social impacts on Cayman families, who are often torn apart by addiction and its destructive consequences. Employers and educators are also affected by employees and students who fail to thrive and succeed in the workplace or scholastic environment.

Many Caymanians wanting recovery from drug and alcohol issues identify social stigma and lack of or inadequate job skills needed to secure adequate employment as significant reasons for relapse or a return to substance use and the associated negative behaviors which created the situation, resulting in a “revolving door” of arrests, prison, release from custody, and re-offense.

The Bridge Foundation believes that every client is worthy of having a meaningful, clean and sober life. The Foundation supports and facilitates the first steps toward long term sobriety, independence and accountability by providing safe, secure, supervised transitional housing and resources dedicated to repairing the damage of the past, while facilitating programs and resources which provide clients with the education and job skills necessary to ensure a clean, sober, and prosperous future.

Bridge clients learn, work, and live together in a collaborative, supportive home environment, focused on sobriety, accountability, governance, responsibility, and the creation and development of the foundational elements necessary for successful re-entry into Cayman society. Bridge clients who successfully complete the 6-month program are prepared to re-enter the workforce or return to an educational environment with skills and resources necessary to ensure they become positive, productive, contributing members of Cayman society, instead of costly, non-productive users of social resources and repeat legal offenders, draining limited resources and prison budgets.   < Back