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Robby hasn't hugged her since Christmas 2015, just before Sweat wound up back behind bars.Here and across the country, addiction is driving skyrocketing rates of incarcerated women, tearing apart families while squeezing communities that lack money, treatment programs and permanent solutions to close the revolving door.Women in jail are the fastest-growing correctional population in America. Between 1980 and 2009, the arrest rate for drug possession or use tripled for women, while it doubled for men.Sarai Keelean is back in for violating probation for possessing meth; she'd been using the drug and also selling it to buy opioids.Blanche Ball, who has been using, cooking or selling meth for 15 of her 30 years, has been in jail several times. Meth is also a problem.Nowadays, 90 percent of the crime in a five-county district that includes Campbell is connected to drugs, the local prosecutor says.A drug court, which provides supervision for up to two years, has a 70 percent graduation rate. And a new program just for women, begun last year, takes offenders jailed on misdemeanor drug charges before sentencing and moves them into short- or long-term residential treatment. In both cases, treatment takes them to other counties or out of state.
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