Court declares Vigo Co. Jail conditions violated inmates 8th and 14th Amendment rights

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Federal Courts officially declared that the conditions at the Vigo County Jail violated inmates Eighth and 14th Amendment rights in the case of Jauston Huerta versus Greg Ewing.

In her Final Judgment filed Thursday, Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson granted the plaintiff’s request for declaratory relief and officially ordered the replacement of the existing Vigo County Jail, as the defendants had already intended to do.

While no specific timeline was given to complete the new jail, the court ordered the defendants to periodically appear in court with updates on the project, “to ensure the Defendants remedy the ongoing constitutional violations at the Jail as quickly as possible.”

Parties required to attend the periodic court dates include the Vigo County Sheriff, the president of the Vigo County Council and the president of the Vigo County Commissioners.

Pending the opening of the new jail, it was ordered that sufficient staff be available to ensure that all prisoners are offered a minimum of three hours per week of recreation outside of their cells. It was also ordered that sufficient staff be made available to “make sure the health andsafety of the prisoners is safeguarded.”

Plaintiff’s counsel will be expected to continue to monitor the conditions at the jail and will have the right, according to the Court, to petition for further relief.

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