It’s all too common for veterans in the US to wind up in jail. And behind bars, many of them don’t have access to the services they need to get their lives back on track. That’s what the participants on the A&E documentary series “60 Days In” learned during their stay at Clark County Jail in southern Indiana.
The show follows seven people who go undercover as inmates for two months to expose problems within the system. One of the participants, Zac, estimated that 10% of the inmates he lived with were veterans, all of whom suffered from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Like many drug-addicted inmates, they often resorted to homemade drugs to self-medicate.
He said that most inmates weren’t aware the jail offered veterans advocacy services and an Alcoholics Anonymous support group — and that jail employees rarely advertised the fact that such programs existed.
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