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SOAR Helps Mentally Ill Offenders After Jail

Posted at 4:55 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 18:56:07-05

The Davidson County Sheriff's Office has taken a different approach at keeping crime off of the streets by offering help to mentally ill offenders.

The SOAR program is geared to help seriously mentally ill and homeless offenders get their social security benefits back after they've been incarcerated.

Those tasks have usually been left up to the offenders to file the proper paperwork, but it is a process that Sheriff Daron Hall said is more difficult after they've been released from jail.

The Sheriff's Office is the only place in the country providing this service inside of the jail and they hope it makes a big difference in deterring crime.