(July 21, 2008) ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque rehabilitation program doesn't have nearly as good a success rate as organizers claim, a News 13 investigation finds.
The Second Chance program, developed by the founder of Scientology, uses saunas to sweat out toxins and other techniques to try to get people off drugs and alcohol.
Judges have sent more than 90 convicts to the facility near the Double Eagle II airport on Albuquerque's West Mesa since it opened in September 2006.
The federal government and the state have allocated $1.57 million to Second Chance.
Don Byers, who said he used methamphetamines for more than 20 years, was used as one of the program's success stories.
"I did some time in the federal system," he said. "I did a rehab or two through the federal system. They told me I was one of 2 percent in the criminal justice system that couldn't be rehabilitated
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