Prisons Experiment with Cell Blocks for Military Veterans

When Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple decided to create a cell block for military veterans in his upstate New York facility, he encountered resistance from his own staff.

The jail superintendent was skeptical, and the correction officers weren’t keen on the idea of inmates getting special treatment and extra services.

But more than two years later, the “veteran pod” is an unqualified success in the sheriff’s eyes. Of the 195 veterans who have been released into the public, only 10 have returned — while almost half the general population winds up behind bars again, he said.

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