Corrections, Detention, and Jail-Related News

Mental health an on going problem in Terrell Co. jail

DAWASON, Ga. (WALB) – Mental health and lack of surveillance is an on going safety issue at the Terrell County Jail, according to the jail administrator who was attacked on the job.

We are told it becomes a revolving door of inmates with mental health issues coming in and out of the jail.

The lives of inmates and staff are at risk when problems happen and so far there’s no reliable way to prove it.

It’s not just inmates behind the doors in the Terrell County jail.

“We have issues to the point that the safety of the staff becomes an issue,” said Sandra Walker, the jail administrator whose safety has been at risk a few times.

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Leap of faith: Inmates save suicidal man with laundry cart

 – Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher called three men heroes after they helped save the life of a fellow inmate who attempted suicide in the jail.

“Thank you gentlemen, you’re heroes,” said Fletcher. “You saved a guy’s life.”

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Texas Connects Us to Veterans and How a Collin County Justice Program Helps Veterans

At the Collin County Jail, there is a program dedicated to giving military veterans who got into trouble with the law, a hand up to succeed in civilian life.

“My deputies constantly see and law enforcement across the United States encounter veterans who are self-medicating because they found themselves in a situation where they’re trying to ease the pain,” said Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner, who says P.T.S.D, trauma, and anger issues stemming from military experiences can leave some veterans struggling to cope on their own. “But when we see a group of veterans together we know they do much better together.”

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Dane County serves as model for recidivism task force

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County Jail inmate Christopher Beierle says he is in constant pain from an untreated hernia, but he cannot get a surgery that would alleviate his symptoms because he is not eligible for health care while incarcerated.

Inmates are excluded from federal health and veterans’ benefits when they are admitted into jail. The jail will not cover costs for the procedure because it is considered an elective surgery, Beierle said.

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Inmates battling addiction get an unlikely ally: A puppy

BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — Caitlin Hyland’s New Hampshire jail cell looks like those of many of her fellow inmates, featuring family photos, a few books and a cot. But one thing sets it apart: the cage on the floor for a 10-week-old puppy.

Hyland, a 28-year-old from Concord, New Hampshire, who is serving time for a drug conviction, is one of four inmates at the Merrimack County jail who are training puppies. In a partnership between a group called Hero Pups and the jail, two male and two female inmates, who are all in the jail’s drug treatment program, will raise the puppies for the next two months. They will eventually be handed over to military veterans and first responders who are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges.

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