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Porter County Jail Grapples With Overcrowding

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August 26, 2013

Porter County Sheriff David Lain Reacts to a letter from the Indiana Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union which documents over-crowding issues at the jail.  The jail has already been subject of an inmate lawsuit and reports by the National Institute of Corrections and the Indiana Department of Corrections. Lain advocates  opening a shuttered third pod of the jail and hiring 11 new jailers, by the end of his term in 2014.  The day of the interview, Lain said the jail housed 471 prisoners, but has a current capacity of 355 inmates. One problem — even if the county council approves opening the last unused portion of the jail and hires the new jailers the sheriff is requesting, at peak capacity they still only have an official capacity of 454 prisoners.

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August 26, 2013

Guests include:

US Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana David Capp

State Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond

Porter County Sheriff David Lain

 

 

 

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