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Judge attributes overcrowding at jail to increasing drug use

March 13, 2014

    The Adams County Jail has been averaging a daily head count of around 70 inmates lately, Adams County Circuit Court Judge Chad Kukelhan said Monday during a State of the Judiciary address presented to members of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce.
    And that’s simply unacceptable.
    The jail was designed to hold 53 inmates, and the state would prefer the county to run at 80 percent of max capacity — about 40 inmates — Kuklehan said.
    The current increase in inmates was partially attributed to a huge increase in methamphetamine and heroin users, abusers, manufacturers and dealers in the county, the judge said. Two major meth cases were handled in circuit court in 2012. That number grew to 29 cases in 2013.
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