By Annie Jennemann
When the current Boone County Jail was built in 1991 — with 184 beds — it was soon packed to capacity. Boone County Commissioner Janet Thompson said this was when the county began to work on lowering the jail population. Thompson said she realized that with not many programs in place for those with mental health issues, those people were often criminalized. Now, a variety of people have committed to working on an initiative to address the needs of those with mental health issues.