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Fmr. Gov. McGreevey helping addicts behind bars

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  • McGreevey has new-found passion for helping incarcerated women
  • He's passionate about addressing the 'disease of addiction'
Fmr. Gov. McGreevey helping addicts behind bars

Fmr. inmate says program with McGreevey changed her life

Fmr. inmate says program with McGreevey changed her life

Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey has left his political life behind him and now focuses on helping to rehabilitate women behind bars.

He resigned from public office in 2004 after admitting that he was gay and was having an affair with a man that he had appointed as a homeland security adviser.

McGreevey though, was recently the subject of an HBO documentary "Fall To Grace" showcasing his new-found passion for incarcerated women.

“Part of this was that I wanted to be in a place, frankly, that I wouldn't be subject to recrimination,” he told HLN’s Dr. Drew. "Ironically, working with inmates was a safe place for me. And then I recognized the fact, that overwhelmingly, the inmates with whom I worked, the ex-offenders, had a history of substance abuse, addiction and alcoholism. And many of the women also suffered from domestic violence and sexual abuse.”

He added, “You begin to understand that if we don't address the disease of addiction, many of these women will never be able to put their lives back together.  So no place is perhaps arguably more appropriate to begin the process of sobriety than behind bars.”

McGreevey says he’ll never go back into politics, but believes that helping women with their problems, along with sober housing after prison as well as employment opportunities will help change many of their lives.

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