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Vigo County Moves Inmates After ACLU Files Suit

Vigo County will move prisoners to Knox County for now to avoid housing more people than legally allowed.

Knox Co. Courthouse

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The Knox County Courthouse in Vincennes.

The Vigo County Sheriff has transferred dozens of county jail inmates to Knox County.

The temporary transfer is in response to a class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.

The suit claims the jail has been housing more than 268 people, which it indicates is in violation of a 2002 settlement designed to address overcrowding issues.

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says overcrowding also leads to sanitation issues and increased violence.

The Terre Haute Federal Prison is providing a bus and driver to transport the inmates to Knox County.

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