Monroe County Sheriff's Office

The Monroe County jail will launch a new treatment program for people with drug addictions, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Sheriff Todd Baxter announced Wednesday.

The program will offer addiction treatment services for people who are held with pending charges at the county jail in downtown Rochester. Dinolfo said it will be the first of its kind in New York state.

Other addiction treatment options are already available for inmates who have been sentenced, but the county is now expanding some of those services to people still awaiting a court hearing or a sentence.

Monroe County Jail

The Monroe County Jail is adding a new type of drug and alcohol treatment program.


The downtown Rochester jail is set to offer medication-assisted treatment starting Tuesday.


It’s a departure from the usual approach at jails, said Tisha Smith, who directs the inmate drug and alcohol programs for the sheriff’s office.


Advocates for ending solitary confinement say long-term confinement is a form of torture, and they are pushing for legislative reform. Some correctional officers say that recent reforms in the system are to blame for an increased number of assaults on officers by inmates because inmates don't feel the threat of solitary confinement.

We examine both sides of the issue with our guests: 

  • Jeremy Wright, activist and solitary confinement survivor
  • Pastor Matthew Martin Nickoloff, South Wedge Mission
  • Pastor Scott Austin, Artisan Church 

Every day, thousands of New York residents stay in jail because they don't have the money for bail. Critics have railed against the system on numerous levels. First, they claim it's classist and racist. Second, they point to abuses that happen in jail. Third, they call for better rehabilitation as opposed to a purely punitive system.

The League of Women Voters is hosting a public forum on the issue, and we preview it with some of their panelists:


ORISKANY (AP) Authorities say correction officers in upstate New York saved an inmate who was trying to hang himself in a county jail.

The Oneida County sheriff's office says the suicide attempt happened at about 11 a.m. Saturday.

Undersheriff Robert Swenszkowski says Officer Daniel Jones saw an inmate trying to hang himself with a bed sheet and called for backup.

Swenszkowski says correction officers removed the sheet and the inmate was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.