JSU and Calhoun County Sheriff's Office Team Up to Assess Inmates Societal Needs


The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville State University’s Social Work Program are teaming up to help inmates with societal needs become productive members of the community. According to Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade, graduate students will conduct personal assessments of inmates to determine methods of treat regarding issues with mental health, substance abuse and more.

The county jail is well over its 400 inmate capacity limit with a total of 550 inmates currently inside the jail. Sheriff Wade believes this treatment will help people return back into society to become productive, which could lower their chances of returning back to jail. The graduate students will assess 500 to 800 people who are brought into the jail every month.

Sheriff Wade says not only will this program help Calhoun County become a safer and better place, but graduate students will gain valuable real life experience in their field of study.

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