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Vigo Councilman Gets Public Opinion On New Jail In Online Survey

A Vigo County councilman is taking to social media to find out what residents think about the ongoing debate over building a new jail.

After commissioners withdrew a proposal to build a new facility on Prairieton Road, they announced they're considering a new location on State Road 63, across from the federal prison.

County Councilman Brendan Kearns conducted a Facebook poll looking to gather public input on the idea. Kearns says he was surprised by the response.

"To see the fact that, you know 817 people made comments to address their concerns about this project, to me shows community engagement," he says.

The four-question survey asked for input on the new jail location, mental health funding and the county's involvement.

According to survey results, 60 percent of respondents showed support for enhancing the current jail facility, and nearly 80 percent did not agree with constructing a new jail five miles from the county courthouse.

Kearns says he provided all county council members and commissioners with the results of the survey.

"I would say the survey is effective in showing the county leaders that the people are paying attention to this and they're not happy with the direction it's going," the councilman says.

Kearns says while he is not a statistician, he is trying to do his part to represent his constituents.

The survey is still open for new responses.

Read the complete survey and results as of June 21 below:

 

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