FORT WAYNE, Ind (WFFT) -- Allen County Commissioners are approving a study of the county's judicial system, voting for an architectural firm to look at possible problems in the county.
This includes looking into a jail that has been named in a lawsuit for overcrowding.
Allen County Jail
"Where do we want to be in five, 10, 15, 20 years," asks Commissioner Therese Brown. "What will the system require?"
It's the answer she hopes will be brought out by the study.
Commissioners initially wanted to work on the study back in Feburary, but the pandemic put those efforts on the backburner.
Now, they're hoping Elevatus can point to some potential problems, and what the county can do to fix that.
"There are things that we can do now within the facility or what lay of the land can accomodate that, and also to raise the larger dialogue," says Brown.
Overcrowding is something Commissioners say could be a problem as more expansion continues in downtown Fort Wayne.
This would bring more future residents to live in the area, which could result in a higher population into the jail.
The other issue is space.
As developments and space in downtown Fort Wayne are approved, the number of places for a potential extension of the jail are narrowed.