Our View: Jail lawsuits reflects on leadership issues
Six years ago St. Croix County and its insurance company paid nearly $7 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of nearly 2,000 people who were unlawfully strip-searched at the jail.
The county's insurance premiums climbed from $100,000 to nearly $400,000 annually, jailers were disciplined, and an outside attorney was hired to review Sheriff's Department policies. County taxpayers are still anteing up $390,000 a year to pay off the loan the county took out to settle the claims.
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