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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines


LAWRENCE COUNTY - FEBRUARY 14, 2023 - Lawrence County Sheriff Greg Day updated the Lawrence County Commissioners on the staffing of his department.

Many departments across the United States are faced with the challenges of staffing and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department faced those same challenges in keeping patrol officers, jail officers and 911 dispatchers.

Photo - (A justice study calls for the construction of a new jail facility with an estimated cost of $58 Million. The preferred location is on Beech Street in Bedford with the Judicial campus of Superior Courts, Prosecutors Office, Probation and Public Defender office moving to the Beech Street location in the future. The $58 Million does not include the additional buildings and offices)

The Sheriff's Department is currently behind in six road officers, which they normally have 20 officers to respond to emergencies. " We have three officers in field training, with only one of those able to take calls on his own. Two are on administrative leave due to the recent shooting, one officer is in dispatch to help in that department, and one just left for military leave," said Day.

In the Jail Division Day states that he is behind in one male jail officer and three jail officers.

The 911 Central dispatch the department was fully staffed with 11 dispatchers, however the 1st and 2nd in command are leaving their jobs for better pay. The second in command will be leaving to go to dispatch at the Bedford Police Department.

Day told commissioners they are continuing to work on the staffing and will be pleased when he no longer has to address staffing issues at the department.

Day told the commissioners he wants to thank the community and the commissioners for their support during the recent shooting. When the investigation is complete Day will be releasing more details to the public.

Jail Counts:

Total inmates: 110

Male - 92

Females - 18

Department of Corrections - 4

Parole - 6

Level 6 felons - 10

Of the 110 inmates 48 had petition to revoke probation violations or failure to appear warrants.

Public Defender in his address explained the progress the county is making in keeping jail counts down. The Judges, Prosecutors Office, Probation, and Sheriff's Department have all been working together over the last year to keep the jail counts in check.

Sledd told the commissioners that since July the jail numbers have headed in the right direction.

  • Jail Population - July 12, 2022 - 123 February 13, 2023 - 110

  • Number of 30 days or less incarcerated - July 12, 2022 - 49 days - February 13, - 59

  • percentage of jail population - 40 percent of the 123 - 53 percent of the 110

(This is an improvement of not keeping inmates in jail longer than they should. The jail is only for short term incarceration.)

  • Inmates 60 days or less incarcerated - July 12, 2022 - 65 - February 13, 2023 - 86

  • percentage of jail population - 53 percent of the 85 inmates on July 12, 2022 - and 78 percent of the population on February 13, 2023

On July 12, 2022, there were 11 inmates who were kept more than 300 days, 15 inmates who were kept more than 200-300 days which was 21 percent of the jail population.

As of February 13, 2023, the number of inmates staying in the Lawrence County Jail of more than 300 days were reduced to 3, and 200-300 days was reduced down to one inmate.

The Indiana State Legislature have given judges leeway in either sentencing Level 6 felons to the Department of Corrections or keep them in the local jail facility. The original legislation had the inmates staying in the local correctional facilities.

This change of course had a impact on the Lawrence County Jail population.


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