Vigo County Jail
2. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, jails are short-term facilities operated by the local authorities, which are meant to hold inmates whoa are waiting to sentenced or tried and inmates sentenced to terms of less than a year (misdemeanants). Prisons, on the other hand, are long-term facilities operated by state authorities or the federal authorities that hold felons and other inmates with sentences that are longer than a year. Additionally, federal prisons only hold inmates found guilty of breaking federal laws. Although, on some occasions other inmates who do not fit this criteria are held in federal prisons as they await transfer to other facilities. Vigo County Jail falls under the category of a county jail and thus only holds inmates who are awaiting trial or sentencing or inmates found guilty of misdemeanors.
3. Jail officers are hired from the public granted they meet several key requirements. The prospects must be at least 21 years of age and must not have any felony convictions. Additionally, they should be American citizens or citizens of a country that is not subject to any sanctions by the United States.
4. Jail officers in the state of Indiana must undergo a forty-minute Jail Officer’s Course in the Indiana law Enforcement Academy. This mandatory training program entails classroom discussion on security, legal and medical considerations, stress management, prevention of suicide and dealing with abnormal behavior from inmates. This program gives new jail officers the basic information that they need to carry out their duties and is complemented with annual trainings within the service provided by their respective departments.
5. The prison offers several programs for its inmates. These include an education program and several other mandated treatment programs such as drug rehabilitation programs and anger management programs. Additionally, inmates not enrolled in any education or treatment programs have to participate in the work program assigned to them. These programs entail kitchen work, laundry and some manufacturing jobs.
6. In Vigo County Jail, the day and time of inmate visitation varies depending on the inmate’s location within the facility.
7. Federal law states that when a defendant has been charged with an offense the concerned judicial officer shall confer with the defendants counsel and the prosecution and set a certain day for a trial to assure a speedy trial of the defendant.
8. Inmates are only allowed an hour of visitation for every two weeks. Each day has two visitation periods, the first between 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. and the second is between 1:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. daily. Minors are not allowed to visit inmates without the accompaniment of a guardian or a parent and all visitors must produce a state issued form of identification prior to the visit. The visitations are supervised to make sure that there are no unauthorized visitors, that all visitors are dressed appropriately and that the visitors and inmates do not engage in any unauthorized contact. These visitation periods and times are the standard for all inmates regardless of their reason for stay or length of stay.
9. The same regulations apply in Indiana State meaning that the length of time inmates spend in Vigo County awaiting trial will vary depending on their dates of trial.
The inmates in Vigo County are housed separately in different sections of the jail called pods. The jail is designed this way to prevent certain inmates from mingling and being together. Inmates are allowed some recreation time in the evenings at the end of the daily schedule. These recreation times are spent in the common room playing board games or watching television. The jail is designed in a way that different sections of the jail have their own common room. This is to make sure that common rooms are used by controlled crowds. Inmates also spend some time in the yard every day. The time spent in the yard is regulated to make sure that inmates take turns using it and prevent certain groups from mixing.