Indiana Sheriff's Association

Sheriffs Ask For County Jail Per Diem Increase

Aug 28, 2018
The number of Level 6 felons in county jails increased about 37 percent in the last year. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Indiana sheriffs say the money they get to house Department of Correction inmates needs to increase. 

National pharmacy chain CVS announced Thursday it will install drug disposal boxes at 49 of its stores around Indiana. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

National pharmacy chain CVS announced Thursday it will install drug disposal boxes at 49 of its stores around Indiana.

The units will allow Hoosiers to get rid of unneeded and unused prescription drugs.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Many Indiana county jails struggle with overcrowding, so a common practice is to transfer inmates to another jail that has available space. That process can cost local law enforcement thousands of dollars a month, as sheriffs are effectively renting cell space from each other.

In Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land’s office, there’s a sign hanging above his desk that reads, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them."

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Three out of every four Indiana jails are overcrowded, according to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The majority of sheriffs say their inmate population has increased significantly since the passage of a criminal code revision nearly four years ago. And some are trying to find local solutions before they’re hit with a lawsuit.