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August 21, 2013

Vigo inmates transferred to Knox County in response to lawsuit

TERRE HAUTE — In response to a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union about overcrowding at the jail, Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing sent dozens of inmates to Knox County for temporary detention, the sheriff’s department announced today.

In all, 45 Vigo County inmates have been sent to the Knox County Jail. The transfer brings the local jail census to well below the 268 inmate threshold set as the result of a 2000 class action lawsuit.

“This will buy us some immediate time while we work with the judges, prosecutor and community corrections,” Ewing said in a news release issued today.

On Tuesday, Ewing received the complaint filed by the ACLU of Indiana regarding overcrowding at the jail.

“It’s very frustrating that we had to make this emergency move but I cannot help it,” Ewing stated in the news release. “Our facility is full and we don’t have inmates like Otis the town drunk.”

The U.S. federal penitentiary in Terre Haute provided a bus and driver to transport the inmates to Knox County, Ewing said. The cost to Vigo County will be $35 per inmate per day, Ewing said.

The Knox County jail is a modern facility constructed in the mid-2000’s and has ample space to house the Vigo inmates, according to the news release.

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