Employers from companies across northern Indiana got to visit Westville Correctional Facility Thursday as part of an initiative to encourage businesses to hire former inmates.

Law enforcement officials are revamping the Tippecanoe County jail’s visitation system, beginning next week.

A web portal will allow scheduling of onsite visits with an inmate and a remote visit function, via a Skype-like video feed. A video-chat will cost $4 for ten minutes or $10 for 25 minutes. Visitors can register a “visit” online or via kiosk in the department lobby.

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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."

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It may be no surprise that education makes it less likely for a person to end up back behind bars.

But since 2010 many higher education classes in Indiana prisons have faded.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Peter Balonon-Rosen reports on one remaining college-level program that not only educates students, but also transforms them in the process.

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An inmate at the Putnamville Correctional Facility has died after a viral outbreak at the prison. Authorities are blaming a progressive virus that causes severe shortness of breath, fatigue, joint aches, coughing and sweating.

18 patients began to show the pneumonia-like symptoms last week. Nine were sent to the hospital after their symptoms got worse. One of those patients died, and another is on a ventilator.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Dozens of offenders have been freed in Indiana as part of the largest U.S. prison release in history. The massive release comes after a commission overhauled federal drug sentencing guidelines.  

Federal Bureau of Prisons Spokesman Ed Ross says at least 64 offenders have been released in Indiana. While some were serving time at the federal prison in Terre Haute, the majority of all offenders impacted by the new sentencing guidelines were in halfway houses.