‘History of Problems’ Forces Jail to Close

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Documents are detailing a history of problems in a southern Ohio county jail forced to close because some of its doors won’t lock properly.

Brown County officials decided Nov. 12 to empty the jail in Georgetown, about 40 miles southeast of Cincinnati, sending inmates some 60 miles to Butler County’s jail.

The police union had filed a grievance citing an unsafe work environment because of malfunctioning cell door locks.

WCPO-TV reports the jail did not comply with 32 of 68 state minimum standards in 2013 according to the most recent state inspection report available.

The station says problems included inadequate health screenings for arrestees, inadequate contraband restrictions for inmates and insufficient space in housing cells and dayrooms.