STATEHOUSE (June 28, 2019) – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) recently toured and spoke with officials at the new Posey County Jail in Mount Vernon.
McNamara, chair of the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code, toured the recently renovated facility completed in 2018. She also met with Tom Latham, the new Posey County Sheriff, to discuss innovative programs to keep jail overcrowding down and teach skills to inmates.
“Counties around Indiana are struggling with jail overcrowding, increased recidivism rates and addiction,” McNamara said. “The work being done at the Posey County Jail to keep operations running smoothly and decrease the recidivism rate is having a positive impact, and I hope to share its success with others facing obstacles in their corrections systems.”
The Posey County jail renovation consisted of site work and an addition to the detention facility. The 19,000-square-foot detention facility has a central command center where officials can monitor what’s happening in the jail at all times and an adjacent inmate day room. The jail also has a medical holding facility for women, 208 beds, and a recreational area.
The existing jail facility has been renovated to accommodate new offices, visitation, and booking areas, and a new vehicle sally port addition.
McNamara also serves on the House Judiciary Committee and was recently named to the Board of Trustees of the Criminal Justice Institute and vice chair of the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code.
“In the coming months, policymakers will be further examining the state’s criminal code and current trends in criminal behavior,” McNamara said. “Not only is drug addiction impacting our families and loved ones, but it’s straining the court and jail systems. So we are going to be taking a deep dive into this important issue and work to offer solutions while keeping our communities safe.”
State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76,
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.
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