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Federal Judge: Vigo County Must Decide On New Jail Site By Mid-May

Parking lots surround the north and west sides of the current jail site.

Parking lots surround the north and west sides of the current jail site. (Joe Hren, WFIU/WTIU News)

A federal judge says Vigo County officials have less than a month to decide on a location for a new jail.

Vigo is one of many Indiana counties facing overcrowding at its facility.

The judge previously ruled that conditions there violate the inmates’ constitutional rights.

That ruling stipulated the county build a new jail as soon as possible, and that county officials provide regular updates on their progress.

County commissioners approved a plan last week to appraise three potential sites for the new jail. One commissioner also added a fourth site for consideration. The judge says they have to make a final decision by mid-May.

In the meantime, officials are working to make the conditions at the current jail somewhat better by hiring more staff and providing more recreation time.

The county will continue to file monthly updates with the court.

While the county has been debating the issue for years, funding for the project remains the biggest obstacle and has yet to be decided.

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