County jail in Iowa turning away highly intoxicated inmates

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FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Officials in northern Iowa are concerned that highly intoxicated inmates are being turned away from a new county jail, a policy the sheriff says has been implemented because of liability concerns.

The Globe Gazette reports that Forest City and Lake Mills officials met at the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors' meeting Tuesday to discuss Winnebago County Jail's policy.

Sheriff Dave Peterson says highly intoxicated individuals who are turned away from the jail are taken to the hospital or released to a family member.

County Supervisor Bill Jensvold says liability is a concern because of the growing number of lawsuits filed against jails.

Forest City Mayor Barney Ruiter says he's concerned about having to pay taxes for the jail and not being able to properly utilize the facility.

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