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Female Inmate Placed in Male Cell-Block

Steve Wagner

An investigation is underway at the Marion County Jail after a female inmate was put into an all-male block for the second time in a year. Female inmate, Gina Barger, went to the medical unit in the jail to have her injured toe examined, and when the examination was complete, Barger was returned to the cell-block; only she was taken back to the wrong block.

Barger called her mother to tell her what had transpired, and her mother then called the jail to inform them of the issue. Until receiving the call from Barger’s mother, the jail had no idea a mistake had been made.

Even though security measures have been increased since the first time this happened several months ago, it happened anyway. Jail Commander Gary Tingle was interviewed by WISH-TV and said in his interview that disciplinary actions will be considered for those responsible, but that an investigation is still ongoing and they are unsure how the mistake was made to begin with. He is considering changing the colors of jumpsuits for the women and men, as well as a few other precautionary changes to prevent this from happening again.

We are thankful that Barger was not injured or assaulted during this incident, and that she was safely and successfully transported back to the correct cell-block. Unfortunately, prison and jail injuries and assaults are far more common than you might imagine.

If your loved one has suffered an assault or injury while incarcerated, the police misconduct lawyers of Wagner Reese can assist you in restoring their rights and getting the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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