KEARNY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former governor Jim McGreevey shared a microphone at a gathering Wednesday with female inmates at the Hudson County Jail.
Democrat McGreevey is a spiritual counselor to as many as 40 women who are taking part in the Integrity House pilot program which aims to address the problems that keep inmates returning to jail.
“Incarceration is not always the answer, people need treatment,” inmate Barbara Murray told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.
The program helps inmates deal with a variety of issues including drug dependence and unemployment.
“We’re changing lives,” McGreevey said, adding that while 60 percent of inmates return to jail, three out of four women who leave the program never come back.