Sheriff Wedding says jail report confirms issues he's been raising for two years

Time is of the essence for Vanderburgh County leaders when it comes to addressing the burgeoning jail population.

A state jail inspector found the Vanderburgh County Detention Center was in violation of six different state requirements.

Some of the violations included severe overcrowding, lack of bed space, and lack of adequate staffing.

Sheriff Dave Wedding welcomed the report because it affirmed the concerns he's shared about the jail for more than two years.

Sheriff Wedding said more space is needed because a majority of those being housed at the jail are accused of serious or violent felonies.

“If you commit a burglary, I don't want you out of jail right away. You broke into somebody's house. I think that's a serious offense. If you sexually assault somebody; if you molested a child; if you sold heroin to somebody; if you sold crystal meth to somebody; if you rob somebody on the street; if you assaulted your wife; if you fractured your baby's skull; I want you in jail. That's what I have a jail full of -- people like that," said Sheriff Wedding.

The sheriff said the jail is on target to incarcerate more than 9,300 people but 90% of those people will not be in the jail's custody.

The county commission, county council, and Sheriff Wedding have six months to develop a plan of action – something Sheriff Wedding said he's confident they can accomplish.

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(This story was originally published November 9, 2017)


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