The county will spend nearly $2.9 million to buy the former Wilson Middle School. The 500-bed jail is expected to be completed in two years.
Jackson County plans to close its juvenile detention center by the end of March. The sheriff says the space will help address jail overcrowding.
The bill requires counties considering a new jail to first arrange a feasibility study to assess alternatives like housing inmates in a nearby county.
The Vigo County commissioners have contracted a company to reassess a proposal for a new county jail.
The request asked for $150,000 to finance an independent study that would examine the local county jail and courts to find solutions for overcrowding.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office says at least 16 inmates have been sleeping on mattresses on the floor in holding cells due to overcrowding.
The income tax increase would help fund additional positions at the county jail.
The Citizens for Better Government and the Vigo County Taxpayers Association held the meeting to consider the possible benefits of a needs assessment study.
Last week, council members tabled a vote on a jail proposal after three hours of public comment. A new meeting date for the vote has not been set.
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