For 18 years members of Suffolk County Chapter 11 have visited inmates of the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank, NY. Their interactions prompted them to create Veterans Re-entry Program.
One part of the Veterans Re-entry Program includes a Veterans Re-Entry Pod to segregate veterans from other inmates. Other features of the program include counseling, mentoring, court advocacy, education, and transition services.
The re-entry program was borne out of the acknowledgement that many of the inmates committed their crimes while dealing with issues they acquired during their military service that went unaddressed.
Suffolk Sheriff Vincent DeMarco acknowledged that the veterans have experienced unimaginable horrors.
Members of Chapter 11 hope that upon completing the program and having their issues addressed in a supportive manner, the veterans will contribute meaningfully to society.
The program is intended to allow veterans to serve their time in a place which features the loosely familiar structures of the military community.
Several states have special housing quarters in jails like that of Suffolk County, including Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and California.