Jackson County plans to close its juvenile detention center by the end of March. The sheriff says the space is needed to help address jail overcrowding.
The southern Indiana county will stop housing juveniles from other counties on March 1, and will close the facility altogether by the end of the month.
Sheriff Mike Carothers says only two of the kids currently at the detention center are from Jackson County. Meanwhile, the adult jail is about 50 percent over capacity.
“This would pretty much free up our overcrowding and put it to back to where we need to be,” Carothers says.
Carothers will take possession of the juvenile facility in April, and plans to move adult inmates over quickly. He says he plans to convert the single bunk facility to double bunks, which will give him a total of 56 beds.
Kids from Jackson County will be sent to detention centers elsewhere once the facility closes. The sheriff’s department will be responsible for transporting them back and forth to court.
Carothers says the biggest impact of the closure will be on families.
“It can be somewhat of an issue for families as far as being able to visit, or meet with them or talk to the kids,” Carothers says.
Jails throughout Indiana are struggling with overcrowding.