Study underway at the Vigo County Jail

The study into Vigo County's Jail and criminal justice system is underway.

Posted: Feb 12, 2018 6:30 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The study into Vigo County's Jail and criminal justice system is underway.

Last month, the county commissioners approved the study at a cost of $95,000.

Our crew followed representatives from the Vigo County Sheriff's Office and RJS Criminal Services.

They will be in and out of the jail over the course of the next month or so collecting data and conducting interviews.

RJS Justice Services met with Sheriff Greg Ewing.

They talked about jail numbers and how many inmates are being held in other jails.

After that, they talked about current jail numbers and how many inmates are being held in other jails.

Then, they saw the jail for themselves.

These are experts who have been to around 1,400 correctional facilities.

RJS says their job isn't to develop policy, it's to help the policymakers make informed decisions.

"The work plan for the study is about six months. Over that time, we will be able to look over the alternatives to meet the needs long term and to get the system in perspective in terms of how it might be changed and improved," Rod Miller from RJS Justice Services said.

The study will also include you.

RJS plans to hold at least one public forum.

The date for that forum will be announced at a later time.

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