Jail overcrowding, study tabled

Bicknell Jail

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) — A study to look at what’s next for the overcrowded Vigo County jail went quiet Friday.

A committee of the Vigo County Council tabled the decision, requesting more information from the ACLU, where the overcrowding lawsuit originated.

The jail study request is estimated to cost the county between $14,000 and $60,000, according to County Commissioner Mike Ciolli.

The Vigo County Prosecutor, Terry Modesitt, calls the overcrowding issue a frustrating one. “The facts of it are there are people that we think should be in jail that end up not being because there’s no room for them,” Modesitt said. “I never thought that would be part of my job.”
News 10 talked with Bill Watson, Director of Community Corrections, who told us their program numbers are up in the last 6 months to a year.

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