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Vigo Co. Officials To Vote Soon On Proposed Site For New Jail

farm land of proposed spot of jail

Proposed location for the Vigo Co. jail across from the federal prison. (Joe Hren WFIU/WTIU News File)

The Vigo County Council could decide next month on the location of a long-awaited new county jail.

The proposed site is at the intersection of State Road 63 and Springhill Drive, which is outside of city limits. It would be right across from the federal prison.

Not everyone is pleased with the proposed location. 

Terre Haute City Councilman Don Morris says he thinks it would be cheaper to construct a prison within the city limits on a site owned by the county.

Morris says it may cost up to a $1 million to purchase the land for the new prison.

"People say well that’s a small amount within the entire scope of the budget," Morris says. "But my job as City Councilman is to count the dollars and be fiscally responsible and you know we’re just gonna add another million dollars to the taxpayer’s bill."

Vigo County officials have been debating plans for a new jail for years. Several lawsuits claim overcrowding at the current facility violates inmate rights. A federal judge in October ruled the conditions were unconstitutional.

Funding for the project remains the biggest obstacle and has yet to be decided.

The Vigo County Board of Commissioners already ordered testing of soil samples for the new location.     

The County Council could vote to approve the location at its March 12 meeting.

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