Tough Reality


The conditions at the Vigo County Jail continue to concern county officials.

Tonight, Vigo County attorneys told members of the Vigo County Council that if the jail isn’t improved, the county could be faced with huge expenses.

The county faces a lawsuit over living conditions at the jail from the A.C.L.U.

During tonight’s Executive Session of the Vigo County Council, Council Attorneys told the Council they are doing everything they can to prevent the issuing of a preliminary injunction.

If a judge deems the conditions at the jail to be unconstitutional, then a judge could order that the jail be shut down.

The attorneys say if that happens, approximately 250 inmates would have to be transferred to other facilities costing the county thousands of dollars per day.

“Yeah, it would just be staggering what a finding that the the conditions at the jail are unconstitutional could do to the operating balances that the council has worked so hard to build up,” said Michael J. Wright, Attorney for Vigo County Commissioners.

Wrights said that the goal is to reach an accord with the plaintiffs that a new jail is necessary and establish a timeframe for constructing a new facility.

No decisions were made tonight at the meeting.

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