Indiana Sheriff Sued Over Jail Conditions

Filth and overcrowding


INDIANAPOLIS – Aaron Hos is one of hundreds of prisoners housed at the Vigo County Jail in harmful conditions that should have been remedied more than a decade ago. Now, Hos is part of a class action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana against the Vigo County Sheriff and Commissioners to force the jail to comply with a settlement agreement reached in 2002.

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk said, "In 2002, the Sheriff and Commissioners agreed to limit the jail's population to 268 people. They also agreed that prisoners would receive a minimum amount of recreation each week. These agreements have not been kept. As a result, the jail is extremely overcrowded and the conditions are not safe."