Only one former inmate who was released from Henrico opiate recovery program has been arrested again

John Novak says there’s a common thread among the numerous criminal charges he’s faced over the years.

“The majority of it stems from heroin,” Novak said during an interview at Henrico County Jail West. “Pretty much everything is related to that or alcohol.”

But as Novak spoke with a Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter at the jail recently, he was not behind bars but seated on a bench in the lobby. Just prior to the interview, Novak had ridden over to the jail on his 10-speed bicycle from a job he got while on a work-release arrangement.