Jail to open special unit for veterans
by The Associated Press
April 25, 2012 12:00 AM | 3278 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sheriff John Darr, of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department, second from left, announces the opening of a new Veterans Dormitory specifically meant to house U.S. military veterans at the Muscogee County Jail in Columbus on Monday. Standing with him are Judge Bobby Peters, Paul Voorhees of Ranger Joe’s, Judge John Allen, and (Ret.) Col. Roy Plummer.<br>The Associated Press
Sheriff John Darr, of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department, second from left, announces the opening of a new Veterans Dormitory specifically meant to house U.S. military veterans at the Muscogee County Jail in Columbus on Monday. Standing with him are Judge Bobby Peters, Paul Voorhees of Ranger Joe’s, Judge John Allen, and (Ret.) Col. Roy Plummer.
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COLUMBUS — A new dormitory is being opened at a county jail in west Georgia for inmates who are military veterans.

Veterans in the dorm will have access to a variety of community services, such as a treatment program for post-traumatic stress disorder, officials said.

Muscogee County Sheriff’s officials announced the opening of the new jail unit on Monday, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

The dorm can house 16 veterans, Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr said. He said it’s the only program of its kind in a county jail that he’s aware of. The jail in Columbus is near Fort Benning and in a metro area that’s home to many veterans.

Jail officials are partnering with community agencies to offer mental health counseling and assistance with housing options for previously incarcerated veterans.

Ret. Col. Roy Plummer is involved in the new jail unit through the Plummer House, which provides housing for homeless and previously incarcerated veterans. Inmates in the veterans’ dorm will be able to talk and share their experiences with each other, Plummer said.

“Soldiers will find a way to link together,” he said. “They’ll find a way to revisit some of their experiences and share it.”
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John Darling
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April 26, 2012
And we, the taxpaying suckers, pick up the tab for it all while the various corporations - from the MIC to the PIC - rip the obscene profits. All of it on the backs of the working and the poor. What a country!
MK Ultra
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April 26, 2012
This is quite the racket the massas have worked out for themselves here, ain't it? First, they get the people into wars of imperialism for oil. They make the incredible fortunes while our kids die for them. The ones that come back are so screwed up that it doesn't take them long to either kill themselves, others or commit crimes. At that time, they throw 'em in jail and make them work for free for the jailers. Gen. Smedley Buttler was so, so right, "war is a racket, it always has been."
Fred54
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April 26, 2012
So, let me get this straight. We send these kids

off to murder innocent people based on a pack of

lies and then when they come home emotionally

destroyed because they realize they are war criminals we put em in jail, but it's a nice

jail... That about right??
Bob Bummer
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April 26, 2012
So if you are a veteran and commit a crime you will be rewarded by being locked up with fellow criminals that are veterans. Why not do that with drug dealers, wife beaters, thieves, etc?
Eric T
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April 26, 2012
How is it a reward? Unless its a misdemeanor conviction, they are locked up AWAITING trail. So, they are not a criminal yet, they are just an accused.

There are too many laws on the books right now. Sure, there is real crime. The United States now has as many people locked up as the former Soviet Union had in the Gulag system.
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