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Crowded Evansville jail to move inmates to Illinois, Kentucky

April 10, 2018

Inmates at the overcrowded jail in Evansville will be getting a road trip as officials move them to jails in Illinois and Kentucky to alleviate the congestion.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said about 80 of the southwestern Indiana county’s jail inmates will be moved to other jails during the next two weeks.

He told the Evansville Courier & Press the jail that’s designed to hold about 550 inmates has recently seen a growing inmate population that exceeded 800 people one weekend in March.

Wedding said Vanderburgh County is contracting with Jefferson County (Mount Vernon), Illinois, and Daviess County (Owensboro), Kentucky, to take the majority of the 80 inmates being moved. He said most Indiana jail officials contacted said they could take fewer than 10 inmates at a time.

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