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Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , Friday 29 December 1950, page 4

U.S. City Invests

In Drunks
By

a

Special A.A.P.

Correspondent

San

in

Francisco.

San Francisco authorities
have decided that
by investing 50,000 dollars (£22,321) in an
experimental
clinic
for the reformation
of habi.
tual

drunks, they

and

save

reform

can

the

and

load from

case

shoulders

Courts

the

save

the

and

financed

gaolkeepers-all

700,000

about

with

funds-could

tax

municipal

Police De

the

of

dollars

costs.

U:

the
in

nder

partmeint,'

cent

per

money.

.Removing
the

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about

appeared

old

Court,

was

paol sentence, which
financed, or received
sentence

and

was

drunk

the

system

given

the
a

a

taxpayers
suspended

released.

District Attorney
The Assistant
concerned
(Mr. Emmet
Daly), more
?sspects
the humanitarian
with
the,
taxpayer's
than
the problem
of
decided a good number
pocket,.
individuals
involved could
be sal
.of

(£312,449)

a

year.

rehabilitation

centre

on

a

if

"pilot"

the

placed

were

basis.

mass-production

The

pro

row"

city's

The

drunk
that:

arrests

the

of

majority
a

year

area-crowded

'flo?houses,".cheaip
cheap::..

46,000
hmade

city's

rehabilitation

are

.in'

in
the

wine

gotten.

whole

The
10

spends

these. cases

about

(£A758,877)

a

the city
1,700,000 dollars

year,

according

to

the Police Department.
This.includes not only the police
delivery
pick-up and
service, but
gaol housing and
Court costs.

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drunks,
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agreed

supervisors

per

if

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centre.that

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were

supervisors

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system
changed.

city'

duced'

in the nation.

worst

the.

drunks :were
The

"skid
section,'on
Fiftli
Howard-street,
between
and
Third Streets, has been described as
the

if

vaged

'San Francisco has a regular
blem of caring for drunks.

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voluntary
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experiment
the

police

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drinking.

their

losed

about

the

Some

nothing

methods

experimental

principles

considerable

put

together

the

take

a

for

are

reasonably

tile

rehabili

alcoholic.

an

habitual

The

reason-they

for
the

drunk

are

example.
is

drunk

merely

science
sense

make

formula
of

medical

of

common

to

successful

tation

Sometimes

the

at

physical

epileptics,

startling

used

a

centre.

and

to

are

is

THERE

drunks

the

that

for

ards

companions

-or

in

who
wants
first pleads

cure

he

place

in

was

a

could

saloon

doorway drinking cheap

a

drunken

of

charge

individuals

These
into

,alcoholics

"Guilty"

to the

the only

and

find

sherry.

drunk

clinical

lonely,

fraternity

ness.

of

inducted

are

anonymoust
have
drunks who

the
re

formed.

The

judge
to

wishes

gaol

then

his

serve

cell

or

as

if

him

asks

patient

a

he

in

sentence

a

the

of

clinic.

The

drunk

become

a

social

cannot

The

patient.
in

work'ers

be forced to
doctors and

charge

the

of

do'

programme

not

be

to

ment

wish

treat

the

still
36-per cent.
are
drinking, but 21 per cent. are
for.
unaccounted
fact
that they are gone
The mere
is
that
token
a
they have made
get
good on
their. wish-to
away

A BOUT

from
out

mandatory.

their

ties

skid-row

fresh, :and

sober,

and

start

somewhere

'

else.

believe

They

cure'

desire

a

He

an
is

of tneir
the 'patient

essential

the

element

willingness

of

have
cooperate
and
"get off
the junk."
be willing to help him
to

to,

must

this

.

.,In

individual

the

is

he

clinic

The
important.
tence.

the

chooses

30-day

given

a

length

of

sen
is

sentence

is

contact

clinical

that

anxieties

the

cure

ited

by

None
ing

rhe

the

stampede

it

of

the

resembles

distraught wife
a
drinking
with

dened

contlact

as

out
pa

bur
husband.
also

tile

of

scold
is

who

programme

lacilities

the

searching

it

of

the

physical

mass-prodiiction

cut down

described

bottle.'

the

to

accomplished

is

what

sympathetic

tient

experimental

of
capacity
a time.

clinic-25 patients
at
But Daly is confident

through
of

the

in a
265
patients
trial.
patients
spent
The
of
21 days taking the
the number
lim
and
was

one-year
an average

a
rI'HE

case,'

uses

munaicipal

Health Department, directed by Dr.
C. Geiger. There are mnenial
ex
its
perts
on
the staff
as
doc
well

He

in

unless

handled'

clinic

self.

If

is

figure
While the percentage
teresting,'it is "meaningless
is quoted.
the. base statistic

wants

he

programme

the unit
to use

can

the
sell

and

cost.
a

vacated

build

ng, an old juvenile detention home,
or the clinic
an
and
out
establish
patient clinic
which
handle
would
casesvolunteer
of
non-arrested
drunks.
"This clinic would
lmore
than
double the-clinic case load-without
increasing the cost,"
Daly said,
"and it would
save
the taxpayers
.

a lot of

money."

3.

tors

deal

who

with

physical

dis

case.

In
losed

some

that

cases

the

it

has been dis
drunks are
drunk

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