VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - State prison officials are taking a first hand look at several local jails in southern Indiana.
The top brass from the Indiana Department of Corrections began with a stop at the Knox County Jail.
D.O.C. officials left a good feel for the facility and they also left some money for an important program.
The Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Corrections and some of his top staff went behind the steel doors to get an up close look at the Knox County Jail.
Since it opened 5 years ago the state has regularly sent prisoners with short sentences there, and has paid the county hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"We do need the D.O.C. money to continue programming, to continue a lot of stuff that we have, but we're not relying on it," said Knox County Sheriff Mike Morris, "so we appreciate any opportunity we have to expand on this program."
While the number of prisoners the state houses at local jails has been dropping officials say they'll probably continue to utilize facilities like the one in Knox County.
"It's always more cost effective to keep offenders in their home community if they are not going to be doing much time," said Commissioner Bruce Lemmon.
That's especially true if the jail maintains programs like Life After Meth.
The commissioner presented the local director a $7,000 check from money raised by inmates with the state prison system.
"Donations like this help us update our curriculum and create curriculum from different sources," said L.A.M. Director Peter Haskins.
The tour gave the state officials a chance to assess how the place operates.
That along with the programs designed to cut down the number of prisoners who return there, might be keys to keeping the partnership between the state and local jail intact.
The Department of Corrections visits include stops in Daviess, Dubois and Gibson Counties.
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