VALPARAISO | The third pod was opened at the Porter County Jail on Monday and there is already a full house, Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain told the County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
The 450 inmates is the same number as the day before, but now the jail is considered full as opposed to overcrowded, which is what forced the county to go to the expense of opening the new wing and finding money to hire additional jailers.
Lain said the additional wing was opened without fanfare because of the security issues involved with relocating inmates.
The county has spent $234,073 to renovate the wing that has never been used in the more than 11 years since the jail opened along Ind. 49. The project made room for 109 more beds, which relieves overcrowding in the other two sections and brings the jail into compliance with standards and reduces the risk of legal liability.
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners took under consideration a request to join opposition to a nationwide proposal to increase the size of semi-trailer trucks.
Brian Shuford, regional director of the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks, said he is working with county commissioners across the state seeking resolutions of opposition based on safety concerns and the threat to infrastructure.
While coincidental, Shuford showed up on the same day the commissioners finalized changes that brought the county's penalties for overweight trucks into alignment with figures set by the state.