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Muscogee County Jail opens dorm for inmates who are veterans

Sheriff John Darr and the Muscogee County Sheriffs Department announce a new cell specifically meant to house U.S. military veterans at the Muscogee County Jail. Photo by Joe Paull
Sheriff John Darr and the Muscogee County Sheriffs Department announce a new cell specifically meant to house U.S. military veterans at the Muscogee County Jail. Photo by Joe Paull

Members of the Muscogee County Sheriff's office and the community gathered at the county jail Monday to announce the opening of a new dormitory for inmates who are veterans.

Veterans who live in the dormitory will also have access to a variety of community services, such as a PTSD program and a special Veterans Court. The jail is also partnering with New Horizons to offer mental health counseling and with the Plummer House, which provides housing for homeless and previously incarcerated veterans.

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr said the dorm, which can house 16 veterans, is the only one of its kind in a county jail and the only one he knows of funded by community resources.

"It's really unique. What we're bringing together is a lot of resources," Darr said.

For more on this story, see tomorrow's Ledger-Enquirer.

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