County jails struggling with more mentally ill inmates

“As county jails across the state face a quickly growing population of mentally ill inmates, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office is looking for money to create a specialized unit to house those prisoners.

The Sheriff’s Office has asked for funding either to renovate an unused portion of the jail for about $1.5 million or to build a new wing at a cost of about $3 million to house the most uncontrolled mentally ill inmates.

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