State commends Lake County Jail improvements

2013-07-09T14:44:00Z 2013-07-09T21:02:23Z State commends Lake County Jail improvementsBill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
July 09, 2013 2:44 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The Indiana Department of Correction recently praised Lake County Sheriff John Buncich and his corrections staff for their operation of the county jail.

The state agency conducted an inspection last month of the 1,013-bed facility, which was housing 893 male and female inmates at the time.

Kenneth Whipker, a state jail inspector, said, "The cleanliness and operations of this facility continues to improve with each annual inspection. Sheriff Buncich, his staff and county officials are to be commended."

The jail has been under federal oversight since the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights officials cited it in 2009 for substandard health care and unsanitary conditions for inmates. The county agreed to improve conditions for the approximately 14,000 who are booked into the jail annually.

The state report indicates half of all the jail's previous problem areas in the jail have achieved either substantial or sustained compliance with federal standards.

Federal jail inspectors are scheduled to review the jail again later this year.

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