Pasco jail opens unit for military veterans

Published On: Feb 19 2014 06:13:19 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 19 2014 06:13:50 PM EST
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LAND O'LAKES, Fla. -

The Pasco County Jail now has a housing unit dedicated to military veterans.

The unit which holds 32 inmates opened Tuesday. It will offer a range of services for veterans, including counseling, rehabilitation, job placement, life skills and outreach programs.

The idea came from Capt. Ray Revell, who heard of a similar program during a leadership training trip to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Va.

The University of South Florida is bringing its veteran therapy program to the jail at no cost to Pasco County.

Sheriff Chris Nocco says this provides veterans an opportunity to "life themselves up, back on their feet again, and be productive members of society."

Inmates who are veterans can qualify for the program based on how they're classified in the system.

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