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Bruderhof Radio
Creating a Culture of Rehabilitation
Regular Show
Father Peter Young
 Andrew Zimmerman  Contact Contributor
April 21, 2000, 4:45 a.m.
Documentary of unique prison and substance abuse rehab program in Albany, NY.
Producer: Andrew Zimmerman
Uploaded by: Andrew Zimmerman
As America's prison population climbs beyond two million, with over half serving time for nonviolent or drug-related charges, rehabilitation programs that work are becoming more important than ever in the struggle to reclaim lives that would otherwise be wasted in the prison industrial complex. In this mini-documentary, co-producer Ben Wright meets with Father Peter Young, a priest in the Albany, New York, area whose programs boast a 90% success rate in keeping men and women off drugs and alcohol. Schooled in the civil rights movement and inner city parish work, Father Young had started the first detox programs in New York State prisons and was responsible for having changed the state penal code to classify alcoholism as a disease. Later, with more than 41,000 men enrolled in his rehab programs, he was shocked at the drastic rate of recidivism and left the state prison system in order to start his own much-needed "aftercare" programs. In this program we also meet a number of men and women currently enrolled in Father Young's remarkable programs, and hear their stories.

Bruderhof Radio is a semi-monthly production of the Bruderhof Communities, Bruderhof Radio is provided free of charge to all public, progressive, and community radio stations. For more info, see our website at or contact the producers at (800) 778-8461or

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