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Making a Difference in San Diego: San Diego County Sheriff’s Department “Veterans Moving Forward” Program
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By Erika Frierson, Detention Support Division, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego, California

The presence of military veterans in America’s jails is a matter of special concern to many. Veterans are more likely than other community memimagebers to be homeless, to have untreated stress issues and traumatic brain injuries, and to have substance abuse problems.

Veterans typically also have a sense of camaraderie and mutual reliance and support. Tapping this spirit, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department established a veterans’ residential unit in the jail in 2013. Residents have privileges and incentives not available in the jail’s standard housing units. Veterans receive a range of programs with a focus on reentry, through the assistance of the San Diego office of the Veterans Administration as well as other community-based service providers.

The veterans unit was so successful and beds were in such high demand that San Diego opened a second module just one year after the first.

Download the full article for details about the unit’s philosophy and services.

Posted Fri, Jun 5 2015 7:30 AM by Elizabeth


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