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Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

“All I know is I was in a very dark place,” Sam Luzius said, sitting on a couch in the community room of the YWCA building in downtown Rochester. Luzius had entered the Monroe County Correctional Facility as an inmate last year, feeling broken and defeated.

But she’s out now, and she credits the support of jail counselors for her survival. “Jail saved my life,” Luzius said.

When Luzius was released, “it was a 180-degree turnaround. I was a completely different person. I had a toolbox of skills.”

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.