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Clark County

May 6, 2013

Criminal code changes could crunch county clinks

Local officials predict more strain on jail populations, budgets; Bush has idea for regional jail

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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. 

 

SOLUTIONS?

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.

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