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Lee County Jail May Get Repairs

Keokuk, IA – The Lee County Jail could be in line for some much needed improvements. The Board of Supervisors has agreed to use $500,000, which was set aside for capital projects, to upgrade the county jail. The focus will be on replacing the 3 temporary housing trailers that have been in place for nearly 10 years. Chairman George Morgan says a recent inspection by the state has prompted the need to speed up the process of replacing the trailers. They hold a total of 24 inmates. Morgan says part of the money will be used to hire an engineering firm to come up with designs. He says one option is to build a new dormitory structure. Morgan says the board may also consider adding more maximum security cells and expanding the kitchen area. He says it could be 6 months before a plan to replace the trailers is in place.