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Gestures from Indiana jail inmates prompt window covering

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 7:48 am

MUNCIE — A large jail in central Indiana now has a frosted film over its cell windows after years of troubles with inmates gesturing to people outside.

Delaware County Sheriff Mike Scroggins says the film placed over the windows last week allows daylight into the cells, but prevents inmates from seeing out.

The Star Press reports that since the jail opened in 1992 it was a common sight to see friends and family members of inmates signaling or writing sidewalk messages to them. Inmates have also sometimes made lewd gestures or exposed themselves to passersby.

The jail in downtown Muncie holds up to 275 inmates at a time.