The Coronavirus pandemic reduced jail populations across Indiana and may have long-term impacts on jail operations.
That’s according to a recent study jail of populations in 19 counties, including St. Joseph, from February 2020 through June 2020.
The Center for Health and Justice Research found that jail populations in Indiana generally fell at a quicker rate and remained lower than regional and national averages, yet varied widely from county to county.
Overall, jail populations in Indiana fell 32% during the first part of the pandemic, compared to 27% nationally.
Sheriff’s Offices also described operational changes they hope could become permanent fixtures in their facilities, including enhanced cleaning procedures, virtual programming and video court appearances.
For the full study, visit the IU Public Policy website.