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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 10 - April 16, 1998 - 27 Delaware has received nearly $5 million over the past three years for prison expansion projects. Above, cadets march in front of the pretrial detention building at Sussex Correction- al Institution, where construction is underway. Delaware receives $1.6 motion for prison expansion projects Sen. Joe Biden Jr. announced on March 26 that Delaware was awarded an additional $1.6 mil- lion for its prison expansion pro- ject. The funding comes through the 1994 Biden Crime Law, bringing the total amount Delaware has re- ceived for prison construction programs to nearly $5 million dur- ing the last three years. "In recent years, our prison pop- ulation has exploded," said Biden. "The population is growing by 250 inmates a year. Currently, there are 5,700 inmates crowded into a system designed to house 3,600. 'q'he good news is that clearly we are cracking down on crime and keeping violent criminals off the streets. But we have to be willing to pay the price for growing incarcera- tion. The Biden Crime Law makes that commitment to states like Delaware, which leads the nation with some of the toughest, longest prison sentences in the country," he said. Biden also announced that the state will be receiving $372,530 to expand prison-based substance abuse treatment programs, dou- bring last year's allocation. "Recent studies show that near- ly 80 percent of the inmates in Delaware prisons had a substance abuse problem when they were sent there, no doubt playing a part in the crimes they committed," said Biden. "If inmates serve their time and leave prison without being treated for that addiction, we have ad- dressed the symptom but com- pletely ignored the problem. "The reality is that the recidi- vism rate for inmates released without treatment is astronomical- ly higher than those who complet- ed treatment programs while in- carcerated. It doesn't take a rock- et scientist to realize that treat- ment works," said Biden. "In Delaware, we have pro- grams like KEY and Crest that have proven to be very successful in keeping inmates and former in- mates drug-free, and reducing the occurrence of repeat offenses. This funding will allow those pro- grams to continue and expand - treating the problem - the smart way," he said. In addition to prison expansion and treatment programs, during the past three years, Biden Crime Law funding has been used to help construct military-style boot camp for young, first-time offend- ers and to create Delaware's first statewide Drug Court. DSWA partners with local charities in recycling effort The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) has begun a partner- ship with two local charities to collect and recycle used clothing and textiles. The contract with Goodwill Industries of Delaware and the Salvation Army began March 1. Goodwill will collect the textiles through June 30; the Salvation Army will begin collecting of the textiles July 1. DSWA began collecting textiles in 1997 as another way to keep us- able resources out of the landfill. The items collected for recycling and reuse are clean clothing, nylon curtains, drapes, towels, sheets, hats, belts, paired socks and paired shoes. On average, 70 percent of the items collected will remain in local stores while 30 percent will be sold to textile exporters for use in other nations. Items that are stained, tom or not wearable will be accepted and used to make wiping cloths. Sussex County's textile recycling center is located at-the Southern Solid Waste Management Center near Millsboro.