SOUTHERN INDIANA COMMUNITY IS FORCING SOME INMATES TO SLEEP ON EXTRA COTS AND OTHER CRIMINALS TO REMAIN ON THE STREET. NOW, THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS OPENINGUP A NEW JAIL TO FIX THE PROBLEM. WLKY’S ERICA COGHILL JOINS US WITH A LOOK INSIDE. ERICA RICK THE OLD WASHINGTON COUNTY JAIL CAN’T KEEP UP WITH THE CRIME. IT HAS ENOUGH BEDSPACE FOR EXACTLY 56 INMATES, BUT ON AVERAGE, IT HOUSES ABOUT ONEHUNDRED. THE COUNTY JAIL HAS TO PROVIDE FLOOR COTS FOR THE EXTRA BODIES, BUT NOW IT’S UNDERGOING A HUGE EXPANSION.
THE NEW WASHINGTON COUNTY JAIL WILL HOLD AN ADDITIONAL TWOHUNDRED AND FOUR INMATES. WITH THE EXPANSION IT WILL ALLOW LAW ENFORCEMENT TO MOVE MORE CRIMINALS FROM THE OUTSIDE. CLIP 4640 NATS OF JAIL CELL DOOR CLOSING . IN. WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF CLAUDE COMBS HAS BEEN BATTLING OVERCROWDING FOR ABOUT THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. The prosecutor and the judges and the sheriff’s department has kind of worked together to keep the numbers around 100. .WHICH IS NEARLY DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF INMATES THE OLD JAIL WAS BUILT TO HOUSE. I hate to say it, but 40 some.
Warrants, we don’t serve because they are not critical right now 43 because we don’t have bed space for them. .OFTEN WAITING TWO TO THREE WEEKS UNTIL AUTHORITIES ARE ABLE TO CYCLE OLD INMATES OUT AND NEW ONES, IN. We’ve not left any dangerous people out there, don’t get that wrong, if they are dangerous, they are going to jail. WASHINGTON COUNTY HAD TO MAKE A CHOICE. Something was going to have to be done, either housing inmates outside of the county and spending 5, 6 hundred thousand dollars a year to do.
Washington County builds new jail to address overcrowding
That and transporting them back and forth 44 or we was going to build onto our jail 47 ABOUT TEN MILLION DOLLARS LATER IT’S COMPLETE WITH STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY AND SECURITY ALL OPERATED FROM THE JAIL’S CONTROL CENTER WHICH GIVES A BIRD’SEYEVIEW OF EACH INMATE. The person who is in here runs everything, he controls every door, every camera in the building. SOT NATS ING MOUSE.WITH THE SIMPLE OF A MOUSE OFFICERS CAN OPEN OR CLOSE ALL CELL DOORS AT ONCE. There’s seven blocks here so you can.
Very quickly go around and open the blocks. THIS JAIL WILL SOON BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS. We are going to serve some warrants that are outstanding that need to be served. THE JAIL WON’T BE IN OPERATION FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER TWO WEEKS. AND ONCE IT IS OPEN, SHERIFF COMBS SAYS THE COUNTY WILL LIKELY RENT OUT EXTRA SPACE IN THE JAIL FOR INMATES FROM OTHER COUNTIES WHO ARE ALSO EXPERIENCING OVERCROWDING. ERICA COGHILL, WLKY NEWS. THANKS ERICA. THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIOINER SAYS FUNDING FOR THE 10MILLION DOLLAR JAIL WILL COME.