Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:40 pm
Judge details actions needed in effort to improve jail
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A federal judge says officials in western Indiana must take specific steps to improve conditions at a county jail or the court will step in to force changes.
The Tribune-Star reports U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson issued the order Wednesday. The order comes after Vigo County Council approved plans to add three full-time positions at the Vigo County Jail in Terre Haute and consider an additional seven positions by early next year.
Magnus-Stinson last month ruled conditions are unconstitutional at the overcrowded jail. She'd required Vigo County to provide a timetable for progress on construction of a new Vigo County jail by Oct. 15 and to report on increasing staffing at the current jail, but canceled that deadline.
A hearing to report on progress is scheduled for Nov. 13.
Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com