Indiana sheriffs seek more cash for housing inmates

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Police agencies across Indiana are asking for more money to house low-level and nonviolent felons in local jails.

The Indiana Sheriff’s Association says the $35-a-day state reimbursement that’s been in place for more than 30 years isn’t enough, and they’re asking for a bump up to $55, which the Journal Gazette reports would probably end up costing the state an extra $50,000 per year.

Overcrowding is a problem for more jails in Indiana: in Allen County, for example, the Jail was built to hold 741 inmates, but it currently has more than 850 behind bars.

County jails throughout Indiana are considered to be at 96% capacity.

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