Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unit Cohesion a Wing for Veterans at County Jail Is Right Move

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Unit Cohesion a Wing for Veterans at County Jail Is Right Move

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If any group of inmates should be housed together, it is veterans. The Allegheny County Jail has taken the enlightened step of reserving one housing unit for those who served their country and who now, for whatever reasons, are serving their time.

One inmate, Phillip Eaves, 68, said he'd yet to see a fight on the unit. There probably won't be many. Mutual respect will keep that sort of thing to a minimum, and only inmates who meet certain criteria will be assigned cells there anyway.

The National Institute of Corrections counts at least two federal prisons and at least 46 state and county institutions with designated veterans housing, and the number is growing. Allegheny County's unit features murals and adages with military themes. Others have flag-raisings, barracks-style accommodations and group calisthenics; provide mentors who are veterans; or arrange visits by veterans organizations. …

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