Sheriff Darr discusses plan to help inmates with mental health i - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Sheriff Darr discusses plan to help inmates with mental health issues

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Muscogee County Jail is working to make sure inmates with mental health issues have the resources they need.

Sheriff  John Darr said these resources include letting these inmates get more time outside of their cells and making sure they're involved in group activities. 

"We're making sure that those individuals are getting the treatment they need for medical care, making sure that the facility is clean like is supposed to be, and that the staffing is up to the standards that the Department of Justice," Darr said. 

Darr said an agreement to address the problems at the jail with the Department of Justice started in 1999. They were dealing with problems like lack of  security and an overcrowded jail. During his time as Sheriff, he said he has worked to address these problems. 

"I think people are getting lost on how big of an accomplishment it is that these problems are no longer the primary focus here anymore. It was done by hard work of the men and women here at the jail," he said.

Darr said if steps weren't taken to eradicate these problems, the Department of Justice would step in and take over. 

"The cost would be astronomical for the taxpayers in this county," he said.

Darr adds issues can't be taken care of without money from the city. 

"We've had money that they've taken from other areas of the budget, so they haven't really funded mental health care. As we move forward I'm hoping to have the money from the city to deal with this issue," he said. 

Darr said around 45 percent of the more than 1,000 inmates at the Muscogee County Jail are taking some type of psychotropic medicine, and 10 percent of the inmate population have some type of serious mental health issue.

Copyright 2015 WTVM. All rights reserved.


  • LocalMore>>

  • HAPPENING NOW: Local organizations giving away 1000 boxes of food

    HAPPENING NOW: Local organizations giving away 1000 boxes of food

    Saturday, January 20 2018 12:29 PM EST2018-01-20 17:29:31 GMT
    (Source: Bryan Hopkins)(Source: Bryan Hopkins)

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Two local organizations came together to give out 1000 boxes of food to the community of Columbus. Feeding the Valley and the Mission Continues banded together Saturday to give away 1000 boxes of food on Saturday. The event started at 12 p.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. The giveaway is at the intersection of Ft. Benning Road and Victory Dr. parking lot of Ace Furniture. Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, downloa...

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Two local organizations came together to give out 1000 boxes of food to the community of Columbus. Feeding the Valley and the Mission Continues banded together Saturday to give away 1000 boxes of food on Saturday. The event started at 12 p.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. The giveaway is at the intersection of Ft. Benning Road and Victory Dr. parking lot of Ace Furniture. Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, downloa...

    More >>
  • Rep. Tom Graves releases a statement on the government shutdown

    Rep. Tom Graves releases a statement on the government shutdown

    Saturday, January 20 2018 2:06 PM EST2018-01-20 19:06:43 GMT
    (Source: Tom Graves Instagram)(Source: Tom Graves Instagram)

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Rep. Tom Graves released a statement about his involvement in the government shutdown. Read the full statement below: “I supported the short-term government funding bill that passed the House on Thursday, which delays harmful Obamacare taxes and also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. The House did its job. The sole reason the government shut down is because Senate Democrats refused to join Senate Republicans t...

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Rep. Tom Graves released a statement about his involvement in the government shutdown. Read the full statement below: “I supported the short-term government funding bill that passed the House on Thursday, which delays harmful Obamacare taxes and also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. The House did its job. The sole reason the government shut down is because Senate Democrats refused to join Senate Republicans t...

    More >>
  • Lee County man dies while hunting

    Lee County man dies while hunting

    Saturday, January 20 2018 4:01 PM EST2018-01-20 21:01:10 GMT
    (Source: Lee County Coroner)(Source: Lee County Coroner)

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Lee County Sheriff's Department and EMS officials responded to a call about a man who was found to be unresponsive during a hunting trip.  51-year-old Edward Martin Jr. was found Friday night around 7 p.m. at the bottom of a tree he was posted at while hunting.  The Lee County Sheriff's Department and EMS made it to the scene at 7:41 p.m. and pronounced Martin dead at the scene.  Officials say it appears he fell from about 18 to 20 feet to ...

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Lee County Sheriff's Department and EMS officials responded to a call about a man who was found to be unresponsive during a hunting trip.  51-year-old Edward Martin Jr. was found Friday night around 7 p.m. at the bottom of a tree he was posted at while hunting.  The Lee County Sheriff's Department and EMS made it to the scene at 7:41 p.m. and pronounced Martin dead at the scene.  Officials say it appears he fell from about 18 to 20 feet to ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly