Sheriff Dave Wedding responds to D.O.C. letter

The Vanderburgh County Commission met for the first time on Tuesday after the Indiana Department of Correction sent a letter saying the jail was in non-compliance with several state statutes. 

The letter found the jail to be over capacity after a late October inspection. The D.O.C. says county officials have 180 days to develop a plan to build, remodel, or add on to the jail and become compliant with state law. 

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding says other Indiana counties have received similar letters from the D.O.C. He says county officials should be able to come together and create a plan to fix the issue. 

"The bottom line is it boils down to funding," said Sheriff Wedding, "And once the funding is in place, we can make anything happen. You draw up some plans, you give them to an architect, you look at your inmate population, you look at your forecast for years down the road, we get with legislators, we talk with other sheriffs to see how they're building their jails, we go visit people, and get a plan together. It's not that difficult." 

Sheriff Wedding has created the Indiana Sheriffs Association to help resolve jail overcrowding across the state. 

Eyewitness news waited several hours to talk with county commissioners about the letter from the D.O.C. However, the commissioners left without commenting.

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(This story was originally published November 7, 2017)


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