Vigo County Jail on lockdown

Vigo County Jail on lockdown

There are 38 comments on the WTHI Terre Haute story from Nov 23, 2008, titled Vigo County Jail on lockdown. In it, WTHI Terre Haute reports that:

The Sheriff said a woman tried to sneak some sort of contraband into the jail last night.

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from terre haute

Westerville, OH

#1 Nov 24, 2008
good work to the person that called 911 ,thanks for being alert.
Jess

Louisville, KY

#2 Nov 24, 2008
Vigo county has more issues than any other jail in the area. Seriously its a jail it shouldnt be so easy for people to get contraband in, sounds like the staff should be more alert and fix the issues. How are they gonna know when someone escapes? Oh yup thats right...a passerby will alert them.
Ghandi531

AOL

#3 Nov 24, 2008
from terre haute wrote:
good work to the person that called 911 ,thanks for being alert.
I agree!
Concerned

United States

#4 Nov 24, 2008
The county needs a new jail...or at least they need all the problems with the current jail fixed (at the designer/builder's expense).

After that, they need more staff to work it. Unfortunately the tax increases required to pay the extra wage costs wouldn't go over well with most taxpayers.

So, for now, we have what we have.
Taxed to the Max

United States

#5 Nov 25, 2008
If Jon Marvel would give up some of that $245K salary, perhaps they could hire a few more correctional officers.
Ghandi531

AOL

#6 Nov 25, 2008
Taxed to the Max wrote:
If Jon Marvel would give up some of that $245K salary, perhaps they could hire a few more correctional officers.
You got that right. His base salary is not even close to what he ends up making for the year. If you are on the side of the law you can rip off taxpayers and it is legal.
Concerned

United States

#7 Nov 25, 2008
While I don't agree he should be making 245k a year, he's following the law. In fact, if memory serves me, he offered the county council (or maybe commissioners) to work for a flat salary a few years back and they said no. Maybe we should look into exactly who said no and go after them next election.
the best we can

League City, TX

#8 Nov 26, 2008
Jess you can stick your comment where the sun dont shine we are doing the best we can with what we have i would like to see you run a 300 count jail with only 4-5 staff trust me we arnt sitting in the break room eating donuts pal we are busting our humps all day and night think about it they have 24 hrs a day to plan and scheme we only have 8 hrs to figure it out and catch them.....
Jess

Louisville, KY

#9 Nov 26, 2008
the best we can wrote:
Jess you can stick your comment where the sun dont shine we are doing the best we can with what we have i would like to see you run a 300 count jail with only 4-5 staff trust me we arnt sitting in the break room eating donuts pal we are busting our humps all day and night think about it they have 24 hrs a day to plan and scheme we only have 8 hrs to figure it out and catch them.....
You can bite my a**---I wasnt meaning as in the employees werent doing their job...I meant it as the higher ups dont have their $ spending prioritys straight or their heads out of their a**es. I scares the hell out of me to know the shape of that jail and of how easy it is to get s*** in...whats next...whos comin out?

I am so sick of hearing the higher ups complain of budget cuts. I would rather see a solid and staffed jail then see 70 turned into a 6 laner. Its like the powers that be in Terre haute have no common sense.
Jess

Louisville, KY

#10 Nov 26, 2008
Okay so I did say staff...my bad..I meant the higher ups.
the best we can

League City, TX

#11 Nov 26, 2008
thank you and i agree!!!
mongo

Bradenton, FL

#12 Nov 26, 2008
MONGO FIX JAIL!!!

Since: Dec 07

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#13 Nov 27, 2008
Dd anyone hear on the news last week or maybe the week before that the sheriff has a food budget for the inmates that are housed in the jail.The part that concerns me is, whatever is not used to feed the inmates, any money not spent the sheriff get to keep it. What I understood was, the money is his, not the county but his. Is this true? I think something stinks in Denmark!!This disturbed me because, what the film showed was that theywere being fed lousy food. I know they are not in a 5 star hotel. Since many are house there for months, I think they should use all the budget for food and trained jailers to over see the population
Josal

Bowling Green, KY

#14 Nov 27, 2008
Fairlite wrote:
Dd anyone hear on the news last week or maybe the week before that the sheriff has a food budget for the inmates that are housed in the jail.The part that concerns me is, whatever is not used to feed the inmates, any money not spent the sheriff get to keep it. What I understood was, the money is his, not the county but his. Is this true? I think something stinks in Denmark!!This disturbed me because, what the film showed was that theywere being fed lousy food. I know they are not in a 5 star hotel. Since many are house there for months, I think they should use all the budget for food and trained jailers to over see the population
Unfortunately all this is true I kew a ex con that told of the horrid food and green around the edges bologna that they served.
Concerned

United States

#15 Nov 27, 2008
Fairlite wrote:
Dd anyone hear on the news last week or maybe the week before that the sheriff has a food budget for the inmates that are housed in the jail.The part that concerns me is, whatever is not used to feed the inmates, any money not spent the sheriff get to keep it. What I understood was, the money is his, not the county but his. Is this true? I think something stinks in Denmark!!This disturbed me because, what the film showed was that theywere being fed lousy food. I know they are not in a 5 star hotel. Since many are house there for months, I think they should use all the budget for food and trained jailers to over see the population
Yep, it's true and actually allowed by law. Many counties pay their Sheriff's this way. I believe all used to, but some counties have changed over to a salary. A new state law will take effect in a year or two that will change this.

If memory serves me, Marvel actually offered to work for a flat fee a while back and the county turned it down. They have since approved it and I think it will start next year.

As for food, as long as what they feed the prisoners meets health codes and passes the dietician's scrutiny, then I could care less what they eat.
Josal

Bowling Green, KY

#16 Nov 29, 2008
Doesn't the Sheriff get paid a salary in addition to what he makes off of starving prisioners?
used to be

Clearfield, PA

#17 Nov 30, 2008
This situation dates back years, probably the 1800's. Sheriff's, traditionally, have been paid a small salary, provided a place to live (most older jails contain an apartment for the sheriff and family...check out the old jail down by the river), by law were allowed to keep a percent of taxes collected through tax warrants and were paid a small amount (or were reimbursed) to feed the prisoners. Think about it, this probably made sense in 1800 something. The sheriff actually lived in the same building so security wasn't such an issue. I'd bet that in some cases the sheriff's wife may have done the cooking right there in the apartment. The county would get some tax money it wouldn't without the sheriff riding his horse out to collect it.
The point is, the laws that allow this are old and should have been changed years ago. I do know that some past Vigo Co. Sheriffs have tried to change that locally without success. I suppose we could argue that if these men felt the laws were wrong they should not keep the money. Come on, it's legal, we ALL would keep the money (be honest).
As for the quality of the food....well, I'm not saying I'd pay cash money for it at the local diner. But, I've never seen anyone discharged from jail looking like a refugee either.
Jake Compton

Whitestone, NY

#18 Nov 30, 2008
What happened?!?!?!
Josal

Bowling Green, KY

#19 Nov 30, 2008
ole Sheriff Andy used to take guns home he would get off of inmates when he searched them and find a gun it would then become Sheriff Andy's gun and if you don't believe me I have proof.
Lynn

AOL

#20 Apr 4, 2009
Sheriff Andy was my Grandpas best friend for years but after my grandpa died of a massive heart attack New Years Eve, Andy went up to my Grandma in mourning and asked for the 50.00 my grandpa owed him. Now, that is a man with character. Andys kid and there friends would make IDs from his house and use his car to confiscate alcohol. |The stories are endless.

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