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Morgan County Sheriff Implements Program for Inmates Dealing with Mental Health Issues
By waaytv.com- Najahe Sherman
Published: 06/11/2019

Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett said the county jail was built to house criminals, but it has become a catch-all facility. He said too many of his inmates are dealing with mental health issues and get caught up in the system.

Sheriff Puckett just implemented a new program working to change this.

"We run into that often, and then they come to the county jail for help, but you can't get individual help if you're incarcerated," Puckett said.

Right now, there are about 600 inmates in the Morgan County Jail. Detention workers said about 40 percent of the inmate population suffers from some kind of mental health or substance abuse issue, but they believe the numbers could be much higher.

"Get them out and get them help. You don't come to jail for help, you come to jail for incarceration. We need to get them out of jail to get them help, and hopefully get them back on their medications," Puckett said. "Normal, working, law-abiding citizens that can produce like anyone else in the county."

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