Monroe County jail is consistently overcrowded due to opioid crisis
INDIANAPOLIS — Monroe County authorities say the county jail is consistently over capacity largely due to Indiana’s opioid crisis.
The (Bloomington) Herald-Times reports that the jail’s inmate population frequently exceeds an inmate cap set after the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued the county for overcrowding.
The county agreed in a 2009 settlement to limit the number of inmates to 278. But recently the population has regularly exceeded 300.
Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Marc Kellams says the opioid crisis is a major cause of the surging population.
Some judges have been releasing low-risk offenders without posting bond to help mitigate the problem.
Kellams characterized the overcrowding as a “crisis” and says a plan for a new community corrections center is not enough.