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Justice Center holding eight Vigo inmates

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Clay County Justice Center welcomed eight new inmates Tuesday after a security breach was discovered within the Vigo County Jail.

Despite the eight additions, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the Center remains below capacity.

"I think we've got eight," Heaton said of the additions. "That's all we could hold."

Currently, there are 136 inmates incarcerated at the Center. Heaton said the facility holds approximately 154 with a maximum amount being 170.

On Monday, officials at the Vigo County Jail discovered contraband in a cellblock. As a result, 18 inmates from the particular cellblock were moved to various other facilities across the Wabash Valley, including the eight to Clay County. According to reports, officials found cell phones, a small amount of marijuana and tobacco.

Heaton said the new inmates will more than likely remain in the Center until Vigo County can take them back.

Heaton said counties moving inmates from one jail to another is not a new thing.

"This happens a lot when you have to upgrade or remodel," Heaton said. "It depends on the amount of overcrowding."

According to reports, the Vigo County Jail holds approximately 268 inmates. However, the jail was housing close to 300 as of Tuesday.

Heaton said the local Center has housed inmates from Vigo, Montgomery, Owen, Sullivan and Tippecanoe counties. It officially opened in 2006.

He said the older facility only housed 38 inmates, but at times, housed quite a few more.

"We were running into the mid-70s," Heaton said, adding the county, at times, had to ship inmates to other counties, including Parke, Vigo and Daviess.

"Now that we have the new facility, we have the capability of housing inmates for other counties," Heaton said.

Heaton said it's nearly impossible for visitors at the Center to smuggle in contraband.

"(Visitors have tried) to get things in, especially in the old jail," Heaton said. "It happens. No matter what, somebody is going to try to sneak something in. It's a cat and mouse game."

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If other counties want to pay Clay county to watch their inmates then i think it is about time to add on the the Justice Center. Why not make it 250 instead of 154. Sounds like a no brainer lets make some money with the jail heck maybe when it was built the county should have built it bigger! The only question I have is can the Justice Center add on? If so add on and maybe hold state, federal, and any other county that wants to pay us to watch their criminals.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 4:34 AM

That'll never pass in a city this size. The number of people screaming that they don't want 'hardened criminals' in their backyards would be astronomical. Doesn't help that Brazil is considered (by those who live in Indy) as the "Meth capitol of the world". SHEESH!

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 10:38 AM

More reason if it is the Meth capitol of the world to make a bigger jail so there is a place for BPD and CCSD to clean up the city and county.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 2:12 PM

It might get them in their pocketbooks if we add on. You know how freaky people get when they think it will cost them a few dollars!

I think it is sad that the Justice Center is a nicer buidling than most of our schools. Doesn't say much for what we think about education or kids!!!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Fri, Jun 27, 2008, at 1:38 PM


You are right, the Justice Center is a nice building; would you have wanted them to build some piece of junk right in the middle of town that would have to last for the next fifty years or more at the least? The Brazil Times ran a story earlier this month about where our tax dollars go, this year the County gets to use 15.01% of the tax that is collected to keep our county running, the Clay Community Schools get 72.09% of the taxes. I think that shows we think pretty highly of our children and their education.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Fri, Jun 27, 2008, at 6:48 PM

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