Manatee sheriff to unveil new alcohol/drug recovery pod at jail

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office this week will unveil its new alcohol and drug recovery pod at the Manatee County jail.

According to a release, in recent years deputies in the Corrections Bureau have seen a noticeable increase in the amount of inmates dealing with drug and alcohol issues. For that reason, the sheriff's office saw the need to open a recovery pod on Jan. 15.

"This residential unit provides an environment where qualified low risk inmates are given access to faith based programs and recovery oriented meetings," the release states. "They also have opportunity to take instructional classes in life skills, anger management, employment training and parenting."

The sheriff's office said 65 percent of the inmate population admit to having some type of substance abuse issue. In the recovery pod there are 50 beds available -- 30 for males and 20 for females. There is a 14-day waiting period for screening process and wait time for beds to become available, the sheriff's office added.

According to the release, 60 days is the average stay in the program as inmates are either released or transitioned back to general population. There are 130 volunteers, deputies said.

Thes sheriff's office is hosting an open house for the media on Thursday.