> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
Rodden pointed out that room for about 100 additional inmates could be made in Clark County’s jail if the county’s work-release inmates are relocated.
“But then where does the work release go?” Rodden wondered.
A jail expansion in Clark County is a nonstarter, Stephenson said, citing additional costs.
“What we’re doing right now is not even sustainable for Clark County,” Stephenson said.
Instead of staying in-house, Bush is proposing a regional solution to the potential problem.
“I think we should start the discussion of a regional jail,” Bush said. “Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties could come together and maybe build a facility that holds 1,000 inmates to help lessen the impact on each county. We are all facing overcrowding issues.”
— Assistant Editor Chris Morris and Indiana Statehouse Bureau Chief Maureen Hayden contributed to this article.