The sheriff says the policy is indicative of a larger problem: jail overcrowding.
Sheriffs say one of the major issues is that the state pays local jails just $35 per day to house low-level Department of Corrections inmates.
Progress on the a proposed new Vigo County Jail is stalled as county and Terre Haute officials spar over the location.
Elkhart County is taking some of the inmates from the overcrowded Marion County Jail. Elkhart gets $40 per inmate per day.
The Vigo County sheriff has formed a study committee to brainstorm ways to reduce overcrowding at the county jail.