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New jail proposal includes treatment services

April 18, 2014
by Charlene Marietti
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The proposed plan for a new Lucas County, Ohio jail will include not only a facility with increased capacity—up to 634—but also an accompanying community treatment plan for mentally ill substance abuse disorder inmates. Planners would also like to include a municipal courtroom onsite.

After results of a study conducted by the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board found that 70 percent of inmates in the county jail suffered from mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, the county hired a team of planners and architects to make recommendations for construction on an 8-10 acre site.

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