Officials to reinforce cell doors at Bartholomew County Jail

COLUMBUS — County commissioners in Indiana’s Bartholomew County have decided to spend more than $2,200 on materials to reinforce jail cell doors following an earlier disturbance.

The (Columbus) Republic reports that maintenance staff at the Bartholomew County Jail will install 80 steel bar plates. The plates will be secured to each cell door.

Three jail officers were injured in September during a disturbance at the facility. Officials said an inmate kicked out a portion of his cell door, tore apart the bottom and threw metal rods at the officers.

Commission Chairman Carl Lienhoop says the hope is that the reinforcement will keep inmates from being able to totally push out the grating.

Sheriff Matthew Myers has attributed the disturbance to overcrowding and not having enough staff or operational space.