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Monday, October 10, 2005

Unusual - Huntington has Jail Break - Sheriff NOT Seeking New Jail


Tracy Warner noted on his blog a story from the Muncie STAR about the desire of the Henry County Sheriff to seek a new jail after a September 30th jail break. The Henry County jail is just 26 years old but is the oldest jail in east central Indiana.

Tracy wrote:

Still, it's hard for me to believe that we're reaching the point where counties are replacing jails as often as Indianapolis builds new basketball arenas and football stadiums.

So, it's refreshing to note that Huntingon County Sheriff Kent Farthing did not immediately jump to the conclusion that Huntington County taxpayers should be burdened with financing a new jail when two inmates made a break this past weekend.

Huntington County's reaction was to recapture the escapees, place them in solitary confinement, and put the jail on lockdown.

The full story by Cincy Klepper of the Huntington Herald-Press can be found here.

The Sheriff's website notes:

The Huntington County Jail was built in 1984 at a cost of $2.2 million dollars. It is designed to house 96 inmates, but averages 100-120 inmates throughout the year. In 1998 a second floor was added which consists of office space, a workout room, and a large meeting room.

Farthing told the Herald-Press the jail was holding about 114 or 115 inmates Saturday night.

Taxpayers in Huntington County ended up protected...two ways.

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