Jail

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Monroe County officials are beginning work on a program they hope will reduce the number of people in the county’s jail and keep offenders from missing court appointments.

Using a $40,000 grant from the Indiana Supreme Court, the Monroe County probation department will start what’s called a pretrial release program.

It consists of a probation officer meeting with low-level offenders, screening them, then recommending whether they should be released to home detention or another community corrections program instead of being kept in jail while they wait for a trial.

Old jail to offer fresh seafood

Jan 4, 2013

A Crawfordsville facility that once housed inmates will now house White Pacific shrimp.

The Montgomery County jail is being converted into a fresh seafood business.

James Leaming and his family now own the property.

He plans to use it for raising and selling the shrimp.

"It is very suitable for raising fish, because of the walls being cement block stand well to humidity, which there is a lot of humidity in raising fish," said Leaming.  "There are a lot of drains, so, I decided that it would make sense."