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It is our hope that you will find this site interesting and informative. As an elected official, I view myself as a steward of this esteemed office, and I am committed to upholding the sacred trust the citizens of Morgan County have placed in me. We are all fortunate to be a part of a community that is strengthened by strong values and enriched through natural and cultural diversity. Our mission at the Morgan County Sheriff's Office is to enhance the quality of life in Morgan County by serving and protecting our community through excellent law enforcement services. We are proud of the services we provide and equally proud of the confidence the public has in us and our capabilities. Together we will make a difference, and in so doing preserve the quality of life we all enjoy, not only for ourselves, but for future generations as well.

Sheriff Robert J. Downey
Morgan County: Where Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary! Thank You to our community for expressing your support to our local law enforcement officers.


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Morgan County Jail Program "RSAP" Helps Inmates with Substance Abuse
by:Chelsea Corona, WIBC 93.1 FM
Jul. 20, 2016

MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. – People with mental illnesses and drug addictions often end up behind bars, but that may not be the best place to help their problem. That’s why Morgan County Jail started RSAP, Residential Substance Abuse Program.

The program is a specialized intensive therapeutic community designed to treat offenders with severe drug addictions. Dave Rogers with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division says the program focuses on diagnosing why they have an addiction in the first place and recovering. They focus on social skills acceptable in society, life skills, child care along with employment tips; working on getting a job and keeping it.

The program is free to taxpayers and started after House Bill 1006 was enacted last year. Rogers says, “That bill basically allows the DOC (Department of Correction) to start sending F6 felons, which is the O.D. felon system, back to the county jails instead of taking them to the prison, therefore, saving the prison some money on housing. Some of those savings were diverted back to the counties local levels so we’re paying for it under grants under the DOC.”

Rogers says the inmates have responded positively to the program. “They like the fact that they are learning to have stability in their life, they are learning to get jobs and we’re assisting them get jobs.”

“House bill 1269 allows us to now file for Medicaid benefits before they leave jail that way we can continue care outside the facilities in hopes that they don’t go come back to jail and go back to the environment they were used to and comfortable with.”

Rogers says they see about 100 inmates go through the program in a year.
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Faith-based program helps prisoners change lives
By Bryan Ault | bault@reporter-times.com


Kevin Mock says breaking addictions has to be more than just physical. It also has to be spiritual.

Mock runs the jail extension of the Martinsville Baptist Tabernacle’s Reformers Unanimous chapter. July 15, Reformers Unanimous held a cookout at the Morgan County Jail to thank the police and staff for welcoming them into the jail throughout the year.

“It’s pointing people to Jesus Christ, because ultimately, that’s the answer,” Mock said. “That’s what we teach — that ultimately Jesus Christ is the answer, a relationship with Christ is the answer.”

Brent Worth, captain of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department, said the police appreciate what RU does for inmates.

“An intervention is going to impact the quality of people that are going back into the community and are incarcerated for those types of offenses,” Worth said. “It helps them reunite, obviously, with the resources outside in the county.”

RU, Mock said, is a faith-based addiction recovery program. A group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday nights at the church, but also has a jail extension. They work closely with the jail’s Residential Substance Abuse Program (RSAP).

“We provide the spiritual aspect, the Bible teaching as part of that residential program that they have in the jail,” Mock said. “It’s all about helping the community.”

Mock and 20 men and women go into the jail’s cell blocks on Sundays and Tuesdays. They pray, have a testimony time, teach a Bible study and pass out workbooks. Mock said the workbooks contain sections, which have lessons and a Bible passage. Sometimes they are asked to memorize verses.

“As they complete sections and books they get certificates,” Mock said. “Those certificates, actually, they keep. They actually can use that. Many of those in there that do it, they want to accomplish something. They want to show that while (they were) in here, (they) spent (their) time wisely and completed something.”

When they come out of jail, Mock said they can go to any local RU chapter, turn in the certificates and get awards. Those include lanyards, medallions and pins — all items that they aren’t allowed to have in jail. Mock compared the program to Awana, a non-denominational children’s program popular among Baptist churches.

“It’s Awana for adults,” Mock said. “It’s faith-based material, but it is focused on addictions.”

Mock said they have seen several former inmates come to church after they have served time. Those people, Mock said, have been baptized, attend church on a regular basis, become church members, go into the community and serve others.

“We also get connected to their families,” Mock said. “Not every case but we will also make contact with their families, with their permission. We tell them we are working with their spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend. Sometimes they make decisions in here that they want to share with their family, so we try to make that connection as well.”

Mock credited the sheriff’s department for their willingness to work with RU. He said the department and jail staff realize that the change is both physical and spiritual.

“They think outside the box,” Mock said. “I think they think about more than just incarcerating people. They think about how to break that cycle. It’s more than just about serving time. It’s about changing people.”
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Cops Cycling for Survivors arrived in Morgan County this morning on the 13th and final day of their ride. Several were in attendance for a great ceremony honoring the survivors of our fallen officers.

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Over the last couple weeks our department has been flooded with appreciation and support from our local community. It inspires confidence in the officers how much you appreciate their steadfast dedication and protection during these difficult periods.

Our deputies are sworn to support the Constitution of the
United States and the Constitution of the State of Indiana. They will protect your rights faithfully, impartially, and diligently according to the law and the best of their ability, regardless of any negative sentiment at the national level.

Thank you for the support you give to our agency, other police departments, and fellow officers as they continue to serve you with the greatest of professionalism.
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Fifteen years ago today Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy,
Sgt. Daniel Robert Starnes, succumbed to gunshot wounds
suffered one month earlier when he was involved in a
shootout during a traffic stop.
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Paul Sichting recognized by Sheriff Robert J. Downey for
his dedicated leadership and service to the citizens of
Morgan County. Sichting served the Morgan County
Sheriff's Office Merit Board from 1995-2016.
Thank you for your dedication and service to the community.
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