Vigo county council takes next steps towards a new jail

The Vigo County council will take a look at appraising and purchasing land for a new jail.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 9:06 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- The Vigo County council will take a look at appraising and purchasing land for a new jail.

The county council will meet at the Vigo County Annex at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Commissioners are looking at three properties-- The land on Prarieton road and Springhill drive, the site of a former golf course, and the old government campus.

The two privately owned properties (Springhill drive location and former golf course location) require appraisals. If the county approves these land sites, that will allow the commissioners to move forward with appraisals for these properties. 

"If one of those properties says 'No' it's too low then that property is off the table," Brendan Kearns, a Vigo County Commissioner said. "It will really help in the selection process. If both of those properties say 'No', well then the government campus is where it {a new jail} will be because we already own that property."

Funding for the appraisals would come from $3 million fund that was approved by the county council in March of 2017. More than $1 million of that fund is still available.

Last month, a federal judge issued a judgment dealing with fixing problems at the facility. The court and both sides agree that the conditions violate inmates constitutional rights. The order outlines what the county must do. It involves mandatory reports on staffing and construction. Attorneys for inmates, recently said they're not happy with the progress so far. They filed a request asking for updates in progress. 

The judge has ordered an update on the construction of a new jail on March 22.

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