Vanderburgh County jail

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An expansion of the Vanderburgh County jail could leave the county with an annual deficit of $5 million. That leaves the county council with a tough choice, either increase revenue or cut costs. 

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Consultants recently told Vanderburgh County officials that their jail needs 750 more beds. Now, county officials have been presented preliminary designs for the expansion.

The Vanderburgh County jail will need to more than double in size to keep up with the estimated rise in the number of inmates over the next 20 years. 

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A proposed expansion to the Vanderburgh County jail is moving forward after Wednesday’s county council meeting.

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Vanderburgh Superior Court Judge Wayne Trockman presented the resolution, calling on the Indiana General Assembly to pay for the county to hire an additional magistrate.

County commissioners approved the resolution unanimously at their meeting Tuesday afternoon.  County council followed suit Wednesday morning. 

Trockman told the bodies that a 2016 report found the county was short six and a half judicial officers, but he was advised that he would have the best chance if he asked for one magistrate.