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    Treatment for addicts would be smarter than jail alone

    After following Kristin Alexander through the courts, jail, the Office of Children's Services, probation and drug treatment, Julia O'Malley calls for a smarter, cheaper approach to dealing with addicts.

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    Kristin tells her story - Part 4 of Four

    Kristin relapses in her heroin addiction.

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    Her darkest places

    After four months of sobriety, Kristin relapsed in her heroin addiction in early June. Kristin describes what happened and faces the consequences of violating her probation. "It's a lot harder to feel proud of who I am today," she says.

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    Kristin tells her story - Part 3 of Four

    Kristin recalls what life was like at the depths of her heroin addiction.

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    Four months clean, and finally some good news

    Kristin Alexander stood in the hall outside the probation office downtown one afternoon in mid-May. I panned over the faces outside the crowded waiting room: a bored older woman with "L-O-V-E" tattooed across her knuckles, a nervous, dusty laborer in his Carhartts, a teenager in a ball cap talking...

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    Financing an addiction: Prostitution has its own cost

    Kristin Alexander looked great one morning in April. Her eyes seemed clearer every time I saw her after she got out of jail, but that day she had on makeup and a new outfit. I noticed she had a designer purse. I asked her if guys were giving her money.

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    What can't be undone

    Of all the wreckage Kristin Alexander left behind in five years of heroin addiction -- losing her job and her house, ruining her relationships, risking her life -- this had the biggest consequences. An accidental pregnancy. A baby she exposed to heroin in her womb.

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    Heroin promises relief from daily struggle

    A half hour ticked by as I waited for Kristin Alexander at a table in the Spenard Kaladi Brothers. The last time I saw her, the day she got out of jail the week before, photographer Marc Lester and I watched her throw her needles and heroin in a trash bin, her first step to getting clean.

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    Kristin tells her story - Part 2 of Four

    Overwhelmed and lonely, Kristin struggles to establish a drug-free lifestyle.

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    So far, so good

    Kristin Alexander leaned against the counter in the discharge area at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center, filling out paperwork. It was mid-March, a month and a half since the last time she shot-up, injecting heroin and cocaine into her neck in the bathroom of a Holiday gas station.

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