Each year, about 16,000 people are processed through the DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, and about 85 percent of them have lived lives twisted and broken by drug abuse.For many, their stay in the county jail becomes an impromptu trip to detox and an opportunity to craft a new kind of life. That is where Annie Rose comes in.
When Rose, 29, the executive director of JUST (Justice, Understanding, Service and Teaching) of DuPage, first meets her clients, many have gone through rehab at the jail and are “thinking clearly for the first time in a very long time,” she said.
“It seems like every week I hear at least one inmate say they are grateful that they ended up in jail because they wouldn’t have walked into rehab on their own. They are glad to get this chance to get on track,” said Rose, an Ohio native who settled in the Chicago area after graduating from Wheaton College. She has been director of JUST since February.