Woodbury County sheriff wants more jail cameras

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Woodbury County sheriff wants to install more than 75 cameras in the downtown jail to prevent future accusations of inmates being mistreated.

Sheriff Dave Drew told the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that the cameras would help with credibility issues following a lawsuit over alleged improper strip searches.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/138FjXy ) the cameras would cost an estimated $207,000. County Board Chairman Larry Clausen says the cameras need to be funded within a $1.2 million jail modernization budget being used to renovate the downtown jail. The Law Enforcement Center building already has 36 cameras, and the addition would make that more than 100.

The sheriff’s office is working with an Alabama firm to figure out if the cameras can be added within the budget.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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