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Georgia opens first jail devoted to U.S. veterans

By Ed Pilkington, The Guardian
Sunday, May 6, 2012 15:58 EDT

The problem of US military veterans falling into a life of crime after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has reached such levels that a law enforcer in Georgia has opened what is believed to be America’s first county jail devoted to veteran inmates.

John Darr, the sheriff of Muscogee County in Columbus, Georgia, has created the new facility in an attempt to break the cycle of recidivism by providing them with specialist services to help them deal with the problems they carry with them when they decamp.

“It’s really unique. What we’re bringing together is a lot of resources,” Darr told the local Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

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Only in the land of the free

Only in the land of the free would this not even raise an eyebrow, because the most important thing a society can have is lots and lots of prisons.

The United States has less than 5% of the world's population and over 25% of the world's prisoners. We lock up more people than China, which has over 4 times our population: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/world/americas/23iht-23pri...

I think it is wonderful

the private prison industry is taking over buying up state and federal prisons then lobbying for laws to make more and more people criminals.
prison labor is competing with private industry as well.
In Florida it is illegal for veterans to sit in a veterans park. If they do they get ticketed. There are over 200 thousand homeless veterans living in the woods in Florida...

Why don't we just cut all aid to these people that fought for our country. How dare they fight for America...

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the federal government and its complicit media

should be so ashamed of creating this problem. Maybe local communities will find a variety of ways to deal with psychologically injured vets. Jail does not seem the most creative or humane direction, even if this facility is an improvement over the torture dens of most of the industrial prison complex.