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Drug program plagued by jail overstay complaints

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – Two more women say they spent months more in jail than they should have for violations of a southern Indiana drug court program.

Their accounts follow authorities releasing a man and another woman from the Clark County Jail last week after similar circumstances were discovered. That woman was sentenced to two days in jail but spent five months because officials say no release order was issued.

Ashleigh Hendricks-Santiago told the News and Tribune ( she was ordered jailed for six days in May, but was held until October. Amy Bennett said she was jailed in August on a warrant and “sat for four months” until her December release.

Judge Jerry Jacobi oversees the program and has fired its director and suspended a bailiff. Jacobi didn’t immediately reply to a message Thursday seeking comment.