Owen County Sheriff Sam Hobbs shows a restraint chair to visitors on a jail walkthrough in 2019. The doorway to the padded isolation cells is not wide enough for the restraint chairs to be wheeled into the room, causing a safety concern for correctional officers. (Nicole DeCriscio / Hoosier Times)
Owen County Sheriff Sam Hobbs shows a restraint chair to visitors on a jail walkthrough in 2019. The doorway to the padded isolation cells is not wide enough for the restraint chairs to be wheeled into the room, causing a safety concern for correctional officers. (Nicole DeCriscio / Hoosier Times)
Owen County Sheriff Sam Hobbs spoke plain and simple during his plea to the county commissioners this week for a sit-down discussion about when the dilapidated jail he oversees will get replaced.

He was seeking money for emergency repairs and reminded the commissioners, again, that the jail is falling apart and does not meet state standards.

He said that after five years of talk and no action, “We can’t wait any longer.”

Sheriff Hobbs demanded a public meeting to discuss the jail situation and would not relent until commissioner Gary Burton set a date and time: July 22 at 6 p.m.

“We’re spending thousands and thousands of dollars,” Burton said. “’We need to sit down and make some decisions.”
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