By Roslyn Giles
(WTVM) Columbus- The Muscogee County Jail has more inmates than bed space. It's an ongoing problem that Sheriff John Darr says fluctuates, but never dies down. "People think they're sleeping on the floor constantly with nothing; no, they have a boat (bunk-a bed), mattress and a blanket," says Darr.
A proposed 31 million dollar tower as additional space will have a tremendous impact on the over populated says Darr. Since taking office in January, Darr and his team have reached out to different community oriented services like AAA or Alcohol Anonymous and New Horizons to teach the inmates.
"When inmates walk out the door, they are not an inmate anymore. At that point, they become our neighbor hopefully they will make such an impact that the inmate will not go out and commit more crimes, says Dane Collins, Jail Commander.
Another new program that starts Monday is a faith-based ministry headed by the jails new full-time chaplain, Neil Richardson. He will be talking to inmates about their problems and praying with them. "I'm excited, God is really opening the door for us to have an opportunity to work with men and women who have hope to not have to come back," says Richardson.
Richardson's salary is being paid by churches under the Chattachoochee Valley Jail Ministry, Inc.
The city is looking to build the new addition to the jail using money from the Local Option Sales Tax or LOST.