DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office has received a $200,000 federal grant to support its inmate programs.
The county plans to use the money on its Started Treatment and Recovery Today (S.T.A.R.T) program, which helps inmates address mental health and substance abuse issues, and eventually assists them in finding jobs when they're released from jail.
Sheriff Thomas Brown said that his office has received more than $4.2 million in federal money since he was elected in 2001.
"My office will continue to aggressively pursue funding that will help provide assistance to mental health patients that are placed in the criminal justice system where treatment is clearly a better option," Brown said.
The grant money was awarded by the Federal Office of Justice Programs and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.