Northwest Indiana - WLPR 89.1 FM
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Get the latest on the global Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic as it impacts Northwest Indiana, the state, country, and globe. Bookmark this page as there will be several updates each day from Lakeshore Public Radio, IPB News, NPR, and the Associated Press.

Lower Inmate Population at Porter County Jail Attributed to Coronavirus


PORTER COUNTY - Another effect of COVID-19, besides wiping out sports, concerts, basic human interaction and everything else we hold dear, is lower crime, as least in Porter County anyway.   

Sheriff David Reynolds told Lakeshore Public Radio that the number of inmates at the jail is down dramatically.

"Our jail population right now is lower than it's been since like the mid 1980s," Reynolds says.

He says that's an indication that people are doing their part in social distancing and staying home.  As a result the Porter County Sheriff's Officers are not arresting as many people as they were before the Coronavirus.

"And most of the people arrested are DUIs or domestic violence," the Sheriff says.

Reynolds says the Porter County Sheriff's Department used to arrest about 10 to 12 people per day and that number is now down to two or three.


Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.