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But the union emphasized that corrections officers are foremost tasked with ensuring security at the jail, and that if city officials want more treatment focused there they will need to either provide support for officers inside the facility or allocate money for specialists.

“I’m more interested in keeping the guys from Simple City away from the guys from Ridge Road than I am watching the guy who is talking to himself,” said Mr. Rosser, mentioning feuding D.C. neighborhoods. “If the jails are going to be the solution to dealing with mental health, then we’ve got to be given the resources to deal with it.”