Ohio Jail Tries New Approach With Inmates: Anger Management


The Columbus Dispatch reports that anger-management classes among jail inmates in Delaware County, Ohio, may be having an impact. The classes started in early March with just a few inmates, but enough that the number of fights, assaults on staff members and uses of force has dropped. Officials hope the lessons carry over when inmates are released.

“Maybe if we can teach them some skills while they're in jail, we can have a better outcome,” said jail director Joseph Lynch. Only five inmates are admitted to the class, and it's not group therapy. Clinical counselor Doug Arnold, who counsels and assesses inmates, uses an education-based approach. He has small goals, for each attendee to take part in the class discussions. Last week, they all did. “My intent is that they are interested in talking,” Arnold said. “Sometimes if it's too large, they don't want to talk.”

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