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ACLU Suing Vigo County Sheriff, Commissioners

The ACLU of Indiana is suing the Vigo County sheriff and commissioners, claiming the jail is chronically overcrowded and dirty. This new lawsuit cites an October 2012 jail inspection report by the Indiana Department of Correction notes that the jail population totaled 293 and described it as "over populated." Sheriff Ewing says the county is evaluating the paperwork -- and procedures.
The ACLU of Indiana is suing the Vigo County sheriff and commissioners, claiming the jail is chronically overcrowded and dirty.

The ACLU says the sheriff and commissioners are in violation of a  settlement agreement.

Now, hundreds of prisoners, including Aaron Hos, are part of the class-action lawsuit, saying they were held in harmful conditions that should have been fixed more than a decade ago.

In 2002, a different federal lawsuit alleged overcrowding and other problems at the jail, so the sheriff and commissioners agreed to limit the jail's population to 268 people - and make sure prisoners have a minimum amount of recreation each week.

This new lawsuit cites an October 2012 jail inspection report by the Indiana Department of Correction notes that the jail population totaled 293 and described it as "over populated."

Sheriff Ewing says the county is evaluating the paperwork -- and procedures.
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