TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A typical Vigo County Jail cell holds four inmates. But whenit's overcrowded, up to two more sleep on the floor on mats.
"I've talked to several of the judges and they tell me,'Sheriff, we've let these people out of jail two and three and fourtimes, and they recommit the crimes,'" Vigo County Sheriff JonMarvel said.
Officials are working to solve the overpopulation problem beforeinmates sue the county over jail conditions.
"I have a pile here of about eight people who I'm contemplatingletting out," Vigo County Division 6 Judge Michael Lewis said. "Oneof them is a single offender, but most every other one is amultiple offender, with some having five and six cases."
Lewis said letting criminals out is a tough decision and it'sonly a temporary fix.
"More than likely, half of these will be back," Judge Lewissaid.
On Tuesday, the Vigo County jail reached its highest capacityof 321 inmates. By Thursday, the inmate count was down to 300.
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