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Editorial: Jail lawsuits indicate lack of leadership

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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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