News From Terre Haute, Indiana

News

October 26, 2013

Sheriff appoints study committee to address jail overpopulation

Current facilities seen as insufficient to meet Terre Haute’s needs

TERRE HAUTE — Vigo officials, facing a pending class action lawsuit, are set to tackle the county’s jail overcrowding problem, according to a Friday news release from Sheriff Greg Ewing.

Ewing has formed a study committee to discuss the future of the jail and “begin the initial steps that will eventually alleviate the jail overcrowding issues that have plagued the county for over three decades,” the release states.

The committee, whose first meeting date has not been set, will include county commissioners Judy Anderson, Brad Anderson and Mike Ciolli, county councilmen Bill Thomas, Tim Curley and Ed Ping, prosecutor Terry Modesitt, judge John Roach, county attorney Michael Wright and Bill Watson, community corrections director.

It will also include Sheriff Ewing, Chief Deputy Clark Cottom, Major Jeff Fox, Capt. John Moats and jail commander Lt. Charlie Funk.

The Indiana American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit this summer accusing the county of breach of contract for not complying with a 2002 agreement capping the jail population at 268, except during short-term emergencies.

Since the lawsuit was filed on Aug. 15, to stay under the cap, Ewing has been sending inmates to Knox County, which has extra jail capacity. That comes at a cost of $35 per inmate per day and represents only a “Band-Aid” solution, Ewing stated.

There were 16 to 18 Vigo inmates housed in Knox County on Friday, Ewing said.

As of Friday morning, the jail population in Vigo County was 242, Ewing said, but that changes almost constantly. The jail needs to leave 20 to 25 beds free to accommodate new arrests, he said.

The purpose of the new study committee is to “discuss current inmate population issues and to develop a plan going forward that will result in a long term fix for the jail,” the news release states.

“I understand that no one wants to build a new jail, I get it,” Ewing stated. “But with the pending ACLU lawsuit, yet once again, we have to do something to put this to rest once and for all.”

The Vigo County jail is badly undersized for the county’s population, Ewing said. Knox County, for example, has a modern, 250-bed facility with a total county population of about 36,000, he said. Vigo County’s population is about 106,000 yet the jail has only 18 more beds than Knox County’s, Ewing said.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist” to see the problem, Ewing said.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Today in History for April 18th Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes Raw: Royal Couple Visits Australia Mountains
NDN Video
My name is Cocaine Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News