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Marion County Jail No Longer Under Federal Supervision

The jail was under supervision for a lawsuit for overcrowding in 1972. But some fear the same conditions could occur at other local jails.

The Marion County Jail is no longer under federal supervision. A lawsuit over jail overcrowding was filed back in 1972. Federal judge Sarah Evans Barker released a written order Monday lifting a federal cap on the jail population. ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk says conditions at the jail could always start slipping again.

Monroe County Sheriff Jim Kennedy says what occurred with the Marion County Jail could easily happen at the Monroe County Jail. As of Wednesday, the 194-bed facility was housing 259 inmates. Kennedy says the chronic overcrowding that has plagued the facility almost since it was constructed could easily result in a lawsuit at any time, bringing on federal intervention.

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