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Title: Our County Jail
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Hon. Amos W. Butler, Secretary of the Indiana Board of Charities, visited the Warren county jail at this place the 19th of last September, and the following is what he said in the report to the Governor:

"Warren county caanot be said to have a jail. The only means of confining prisoners is in the basement of the Court-house. These are fitted up quarters for both men and women. Those provided for the women are little more satisfactory than those for the men, which consist of eight cells arranged in a revolving cylinder in one of the basement rooms. Half of these cells must be away from the light, next to the damp wall. The other four have to be lighted to a greater or lesser extent by basement windows. In these damp, unwholesome quarters it is stated there were confined last year 138 prisoners. The conditions cannot be sanitary; the jail is not safe; it is a disgrace to the county and to the State. It is lighted by lamps at night. The only ventilation and light by day is the basement windows. A furnace is used for heating, and the hear is delivered over the revolving cylinder. There is a pump in the jail so that the inmates can pump their own water. There is a closet in the men's department. In the woman's department buckets are used. To his credit be it said, the Sheriff keeps these quarters tolerably clean. An old iron bath tub is provided for the use of inmates, but there is no way of heating the water. There are two bunks in each cell. The only bedding is a lot of old, dirty comforts. These are thrown away when they get too foul. The woman's department is supplied with wooden cots. No occupation is provided for prisoners. In the winter tramps are received, as are also city prisoners. It is said that every grand jury in recent years has condemned this jail, recommended a new one. We can do no better than emphasize this recommendation, in the hope that the people of Warren county will make proper provisions for such a structure."

The building of a jail and jailor's residence would probably cost $20,000 to $30,000. The county has the ground. At the very best our Commissioners cannot put off the building of a new jail longer than a year or two, there would be objectors to the building then as well as now. The Board we think, will not delay taking steps to build longer than possible.

[date is approximate within one year]

Date: 1/1/1901
Origin: The Warren Republican
Record ID: 00002503
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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