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Vigo Co. Jail Conditions Ruled In Violation Of U.S. Constitution

Vigo County Jail

The judge ordered that they have access to daily jail population reports and incident reports from the jail. (WTIU/WFIU News)

A judge says the current conditions at the Vigo County Jail violate both the 8th and 14th amendments to the Constitution.

The ruling signed yesterday by U.S. Chief District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson lays out what the county has to do to address the issues outlined in the suit.  

Among them the county has to submit regular updates on the progress of a new jail and when it will open.

The judge says the inmates’ attorneys have a right to monitor that progress. The judge ordered that they have access to daily jail population reports and incident reports from the jail. The county also has to appear in court each month to provide detailed updates on planning and construction of a new jail.

The county is in the process of selecting a site to construct a new jail. Pending the opening of the new facility, the ruling states that the defendants are ordered to "commit sufficient staff to make sure that the health and safety of prisoners is safeguarded.” The ruling also orders that all prisoners are offered at least three hours of recreation outside of their cell areas per week.

The Vigo County Council is expected to move forward on the issue at a meeting this month.

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

 

Vigo County Jail Lawsuit by Indiana Public Media News on Scribd

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