Hoosiers Hoosegows: Jails in the Heartland

Stephen J. Brodt, Ball State University
J. Steven Smith, Ball State University

This paper focuses on the current state of the 92 jails in the state of Indiana. State jail inspection reports are analyzed to provide information about law enforcement, jail and judicial policies and their relationship to the incarceration rate, the number of beds per thousand population, the amount of overcrowding, the number of waived juveniles, and the number and kind of jail programs available to the inmate population. The authors examine the theoretical positions and attitudes of local justice practitioners which might result in such policies and practices.

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