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Study Committee to Address Overcrowding at Vigo County Jail

10/26/2013

The Vigo County Sheriff says he has formed a study committee meant to discuss the future of the Vigo County Jail and begin the steps to alleviate overcrowding issues at the jail.

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In August, the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit against the Vigo County Sheriff's Department because it says the department failed to live up to its end of an agreement to address overcrowding at the jail.  Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing says the purpose of the study committee is to develop a plan which will result in a long-term fix for the jail.

"I understand that no one wants to build a new jail. I get it. But with the pending ACLU lawsuit, yet once again, we have to do something to put this to rest once and for all. We cannot afford another band-aid", Sheriff Ewing said in a statement Friday.

The committee will be comprised of Vigo County Commissioners and Council members as well as Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt, Chief Judge John Roach, Community Corrections Director Bill Watson and County Attorney Michael Wright.

Sheriff Ewing says the jail has dealt with overcrowding issues since it was built in 1981 and expanded in 2001.  He says the county cannot let history repeat itself again.

Sheriff Ewing says a solution will not come overnight but he hopes this collaborative effort will put the overcrowding issue behind them for a long time.

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