FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Three candidates for Allen County sheriff weigh in on the overdose issue in the county jail, as well as the changes they would make in their first days as sheriff.
Republicans Troy Hershberger and Mitch McKinney and Democrat Kevin Hunter are all running for sheriff. With the work comes a huge undertaking, including dealing with recent prison overdoses.
“You know, the first thing is to be transparent. You have to face problems when they arise. What people don’t know, there were two people who overdosed that night. One died and the other was reintegrated into the general population later and was unable to return. So if you know there are narcotics active in the prison, when someone has perished and someone else comes back, why don’t we try to have services to deal with it ?
Candidate Kevin Hunter, who is a captain with the Fort Wayne Police Department, said he would like to implement a drug recovery program to combat the problem.
“I really want to get into a chemical addiction program in Allen County Jail. I think it will be useful not only for prisoners to be connected to treatment services, but also for the community as a whole.
A new prison has been a big discussion lately, and all three contenders think we need a new one, but each has a different way of approaching layout and deployment.
“It was one of those things discussed obviously with a discussion about the arrival of a new prison. Addictions go hand in hand with mental illness. There will be, when we do this and if we manage to build a prison. We will create a system of modules and dedicate a module to addiction and mental health.
Hershberger and McKinney will face off in the May primary, while Hunter will run unopposed.
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