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CLIFF grads congratulated by Gov. Mitch Daniels

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Governor Mitch Daniels congratulates a member of the first female graduating class of the Indiana Department of Corrections' CLIFF program at the Rockville Correctional Facility on Wednesday.

IDOC Commissioner J. David Donahue launched CLIFF (Clean Lifestyle is Freedom Forever) in 2005 to combat the state's festering methamphetamine problem. In the months since its inception, CLIFF has provided drug offenders incarcerated in select Indiana correctional facilities with the tools to stay sober after their release from prison.

"We're here today to acknowledge your accomplishment and to congratulate you on what you've done," Daniels said. "I hope all of you take the initiative to prove that this (program) is valuable."

The Rockville facility is the first to offer the program to female inmates. Forty-eight graduates marked their completion of the program Wednesday, enjoying a chance to meet the governor and spend time with family members during a reception following the ceremony.

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