Inmates and staff at the Marion County, Ind., Community Corrections Center spend their days under leaking ceilings, breathe air from a moldy ventilation system and endure other deplorable conditions, a new state report has found. The 17-page report by the Indiana Department of Corrections revealed numerous security breaches at the downtown center that could put employees, inmates and the public at risk, reports the Indianapolis Star. The report was produced in January at the behest of city officials to help them correct conditions there.
The report recommended the city refurbish the facility from top to bottom and close any security loopholes. “It’s something that Human Rights Watch probably should be interested in,” said Rep. Mike Murphy, R-Indianapolis. He called the report “devastating.” “In a normal situation, a health department would come in, shut this place down immediately and transfer these people to a safe environment,” he said.