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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Overcrowding puts Marion County Jail in 'crisis mode'"

Madeline Buckley has the long story in today's Indianapolis Star. The lengthy story begins:

The Marion County Jail has more inmates than beds, an overcrowding problem that officials say will only get worse in the summer when crime tends to spike.

The county's fix so far: Paying other counties to house defendants in their jails, a costly temporary solution that could rack up thousands of dollars if it continues long term.

The jail is in "crisis mode," Marion County Sheriff Col. Louis Dezelan said.

In recent months, the jail would have surpassed maximum capacity had the Marion County Sheriff's Office not moved inmates to Elkhart County and to jails in Kentucky, officials said.

Law enforcement leaders in Marion County and some City-County Council members met Monday afternoon to discuss the problem they say stems from rising violent crime in the city and a state law that diverts low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails. No long-term solutions were proposed, but jail officials say they are searching for a local space to rent for inmate overflow.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry questioned whether the group should talk about an emergency proposal that would allow some inmates to be released early, but the idea was set aside with little discussion.

Re the "state law that diverts low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails" referenced in the quote above, see also this lengthy Feb. 2, 2015 Indianapolis Star story by Kristine Guerra, headed "County jails fear onslaught of addicts, mentally ill from prisons."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 10, 2016 09:58 AM
Posted to Indiana Government