MONTICELLO – Even before groundbreaking, likely in the weeks ahead,
for Sullivan County’s new jail, new attention is being paid to helping
people when they re-enter society.
Deputy Director of Community Services Melissa Stickle told the county
legislature’s Health and Family Services Committee on Thursday they
are working in particular on transition from jail to community.
“We’re looking right now for a discharge coordinator for the
jail,” Stickle said. “We actually had a meeting with jail
staff and Independent Living, which is one of our community partners,
yesterday [Wednesday] to talk about community involvement and discharge
planning acclimate people back into the community and make them successful.”
This follows a trend in other counties, including Dutchess, which will
call its new jail a “Justice and Transition Center.”