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Carroll County Sheriff optimistic about future of jail

Major moves are being made to either expand or build a new jail in Carroll County.

Posted: Jun 5, 2018 6:22 PM
Updated: Jun 5, 2018 6:27 PM

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— Major moves are being made to either expand or build a new jail in Carroll County.

When it comes to overcrowding in the Carroll County Jail, the sheriff feels optimistic for the first time in a long time.

In December, Sheriff Tobe Leazenby presented a jail study at a commissioners meeting. At the time, there were only three options to resolve the issue; remodel the current jail, build a new one or do nothing.

In the past few weeks, two contracts have been signed to explore those options further. The first, with an architect firm to possibly add on or build a new jail.

The second is a contract with a financial consulting firm to determine which option makes the most sense for the county.

Leazenby said this is the first time major moves have been made.

"We've never had that in the past twenty years, or at least when I've been around," said Leazenby. 

On Tuesday 39 inmates were inside the jail, that is only built to hold 34. 

Leazenby said on a daily basis they average between 40 and 50 inmates and they just don't have the room. He said for the past several years, the jail has been out of compliance with the Indiana Department of Corrections.

"Every inspection we've had, we've been listed as non-compliant," said Leazenby. 

This is not a problem unique to Carroll County. However, it is something commissioners have been discussing for several years, with no results. 

Leazenby expects official results to be announced at the next commissioners meeting, either this month or next.

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