A jail in northeast Ohio is reaching out to incarcerated military veterans through a new program.

The sheriff's office in Lorain County, west of Cleveland, says military veterans who are jailed will get some extra help and attention through the Veterans Justice Outreach Program.

If the jailed veterans qualify, they'll be referred to an outreach specialist who will try to help with re-entering society, mental health problems, medical care, housing and employment.

The idea is to identify veterans who have entered the criminal justice system and are in need of treatment services instead of incarceration.

Sheriff's Office Sgt. James Gordon tells The Morning Journal of Lorain that the veterans served their country and should be treated with respect.