Iowa county asks cities to pitch in amid jail closure

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - A central Iowa county is seeking help from its major cities to pay for trailers to temporarily house inmates after its jail closes later this week.

The Des Moines Register reports that the Warren County Board of Supervisors will ask city managers in Indianola, Norwalk and Carlisle to help cover the costs of the proposed trailers. The Warren County Jail was ordered to close Feb. 2 after years of problems, including inmate escapes, mold and inadequate water supplies and food storage.

Iowa Code says counties must "pay the costs of the board and care of the prisoners in the county jail." But County Supervisor Dean Yordi says he doesn't believe the trailers are entirely the county's cost.
Sheriff Brian Vos says the trailers will cost about $18,400 per month.
Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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