Criminal Justice

ACLU Cites Porter County Jail Overcrowding Problem

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August 26, 2013 — VALPARAISO — Pressure is growing on a region county to relieve jail overcrowding.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana notified Porter County officials last week that overcrowding at its jail in Valparaiso is unconstitutional.  ACLU attorney Kenneth Falk also notified the Indiana Department of Correction of the overcrowding. The DOC can seek court action restricting use of the jail or an examination by a grand jury.

Porter County Commissioners’ President John Evans said in an August 15th letter to the County Council that the ACLU echoes concerns raised by the National Institute of Corrections last fall and the DOC in July.

Sheriff Dave Lain’s seeking 11 new jail officers in next year’s budget, including nine needed to staff an unopened third pod at the jail.


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