New rehab program keeps parolees out of prison

Posted at 5:37 PM, Nov 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-19 19:37:47-05

A new rehabilitation program in Canyon County is keeping parolees from going back to jail.

40-year-old Corey Camp has struggled with drugs for almost half of his life. 

"I started doing meth when I was 17," Camp said. 

Things got so bad Camp was sent to prison on drug trafficking charges.
but after spending four years in prison Camp got out and realized he had enough. 

"I'm not going to let meth take control of me," Camp said.
Outside of prison Cash didn't know how to pick up the pieces and again found himself on the verge of going back behind bars.

Dennis Cochems with the Idaho Department of Probation and Parole said he has seen this pattern before.

"What usually happens is that they get themselves in trouble," Camp said "Their parole officers arrest them. They get parole violations and they go back in front of the parole commission. 

So Cochem decided something needed to be done to help people like Corey and that's how the ACE program was born. 
"It's called accountability, change, and empowerment. It really empowers them to be successful," Cochem said.

The 12-month program was started by Idaho Department of Probation and Parole. It's set up in four phases and a team of mentors in different areas works to give parolees the tools they need to succeed, from resume building and caring for their basic needs.

Camp said he was scared at first because he didn't believe he would get a second chance.

"It just blows me away its a completely different direction," Camp said.

"He has been on a very strict curfew, treatment regiment and reporting to his parole officer," Jarod Cash, Deputy Director Parole Commission

Camp is now halfway through the program and he is just so thankful for all the support that he has received from complete strangers.

"Coreys committed to being the first to finish the program and I'm going to hold him to that,"  Cash Said.

"I took my life back," Camp said.