The number of mental health inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center is on the rise, and the implications of that are widespread.
Esteban Gonzalez, chief custody deputy for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, sees more and more mental health cases in the jail’s daily count.
"It’s gotten pretty high in the last four weeks," Gonzalez said. "We have more than 20 constant observation inmates on any given day.”
Gonzalez believes some of the increase is due to the heroin epidemic currently plaguing central New York.