Vigo County sheriff names jail crowding study panel

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The Vigo County sheriff says he has named a committee to discuss the future of his jail and begin the steps to relieve jail overcrowding.

Sheriff Greg Ewing said Friday the committee includes various county officials including a judge, the prosecutor, commissioners, councilmen and the community corrections director. It also includes several top officers of the sheriff's department.

The Indiana American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Aug. 15 accusing the county of breach of contract for not complying with a 2002 agreement capping the population of the jail in Terre Haute at 268 at most times. The Terre Haute Tribune-Star reports ( ) that after lawsuit was filed, Ewing began sending inmates to Knox County, which has extra jail capacity. Sixteen to 18 Vigo County prisoners were housed there Friday.

Information from: Tribune-Star 

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