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In December 2019, officials in Vigo County, Indiana signed closing documents to allow the construction of a new 500-bed jail facility. Construction of the jail began on December 2, 2019, and is slated for completion by December 2, 2021. The new jail is part of the county’s efforts to resolve long-running litigation about overcrowding and poor conditions at the current jail, which has 268 beds. A federal court concluded the current jail is overcrowded when it exceeds 80%, or 214 inmates, and that the overall condition of the jail violates the inmates’ constitutional rights. As of September . . .
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