Judge details actions needed in effort to improve jail

A federal judge says officials in western Indiana must take specific steps to improve conditions at a county jail or the court will step in to force changes.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2018 9:30 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge says officials in western Indiana must take specific steps to improve conditions at a county jail or the court will step in to force changes.

The Tribune-Star reports U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson issued the order Wednesday. The order comes after Vigo County Council approved plans to add three full-time positions at the Vigo County Jail in Terre Haute and consider an additional seven positions by early next year.

Magnus-Stinson last month ruled conditions are unconstitutional at the overcrowded jail. She'd required Vigo County to provide a timetable for progress on construction of a new Vigo County jail by Oct. 15 and to report on increasing staffing at the current jail, but canceled that deadline.

A hearing to report on progress is scheduled for Nov. 13.

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