The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is suing the Vigo County Sheriff and the Vigo County Commissioners for what they say are overcrowded conditions at the county’s jail.
ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says he and the county sheriff and commissioners agreed in a 2002 lawsuit settlement to limit the jail’s population to 268 people. Falk says the jail has consistently surpassed that limit, breaking the settlement agreement and creating harsh conditions for the inmates.
“You see more violence among the prisoners,” Falk says. “You see sanitary conditions being stressed. You see prisoners not being able to get out of their cell for recreation.”
Falk says he realizes the sheriff is required to house the people who are sent to jail, but he says the sheriff and the county commissioners need to find a solution—whether that’s creating a system to move people through the jail more quickly or expanding the facilities.
A spokesman from the Vigo County Sheriff’s office says the sheriff cannot comment because he has not received any official paperwork regarding the lawsuit.