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Sheriff Hosts Meeting to Discuss Proposed Safety Center

Monday, 27 September 2010

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones has invited Knox County Commissioners, the Knox County Mayor, and advisors from the Helen Ross McNabb Center to talk about the proposed Safety Center Thursday afternoon.  The 5 o’clock meeting at the Detention Facility on Maloneyville Road is to answer questions and show where the mentally ill are housed at the jail and hear first hand from the people who deal with these inmates on a daily basis.

The proposed center would give police a new place to take mentally ill and nonviolent offenders charged with public intoxication so they can be screened and get referrals for treatment.  The facility would act as a jail diversion program and crisis stabilization operation.



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