Talk Nation Radio: Jay James on an alternative to prison for addicts

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Jay James is the assistant director of Bridge Ministry. We discuss an alternative to incarceration.   See http://www.bridgeministry.info   Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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