Jail staffing gets boost amid effort to improve conditions

By The Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE — Officials in western Indiana are adding more jobs at a county jail as part of an effort to improve conditions at the facility following legal pressure to make changes.

The Tribune-Star reports the Vigo County Council has approved plans to add three full-time positions at the Vigo County Jail in Terre Haute and consider an additional seven positions by early next year.

U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson last month ruled conditions are unconstitutional at the overcrowded jail. The judge also required Vigo County to provide a timetable for progress on construction of a new Vigo County jail by Oct. 15 and to report on increasing staffing at the current jail.

A hearing before the judge is scheduled for Nov. 13.

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