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Another former Lee County Jail inmate has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming his civil rights were violated during his incarceration. Michael Cassady said in his lawsuit that he did not receive proper medical care while housed in the jail for roughly 18 months starting in January 2015.

A former inmate in the Lee County Jail has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming his civil rights were violated during a portion of his roughly ten-month incarceration.

There is now a trained professional working inside the Lee and Des Moines County jails to help inmates avoid repeat trips to jail.

The head of the Lee County Board does not agree with one of the findings of an audit.

The renovations currently underway at the Lee County jail may have to be expanded.

Lee County will not be joining a regional organization that focuses on economic development and the environment.

Lee County will be helping one of its neighbors with emergency dispatching.

Lee County will stay local when it comes to getting money for some upcoming projects.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors seems to be more committed to moving a county department.

Lee County is seeking state permission to replace the current sewer system at its jail.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has signed off on the county borrowing up to $650,000 to expand the jail to accommodate more female inmates.

Lee County wants to collect more money from the people who use its jail the most.

It appears Lee County has come up with a way to pay for a planned expansion of the county jail.

Lee County is moving ahead with plans for a roughly $500,000 expansion of its jail.

Lee County will add more beds to its jail to account for a growing population.

Lee County has decided to help one of its unincorporated communities with a proposed sewer project.

The Board of Supervisors has entered into a new 28-E agreement with Regional Utility Service Systems (RUSS). 

RUSS is an organization based in Mount Pleasant that helps rural communities secure state and/or federal money for sewer projects.

Supervisor Ernie Schiller says this agreement will allow RUSS to start the preliminary engineering work for a potential sanitary sewer system in the Mooar/Powdertown area north of Keokuk.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors says it needs more information before signing off on an expansion of the Lee County Correctional Center.

The panel hopes to obtain that information from Midwest Construction Consultants.

The Houghton-based firm oversaw the renovation and expansion of the jail that was completed just a couple years ago.

The board has agreed to pay MCC up to $2,500 to study the need for additional cells and to develop a proposal that includes usage, costs, and timeline.

Lee County could be forced to expand its jail earlier than anticipated.

A major expansion and renovation of the Lee County Correctional Center wrapped up in mid-2010.

The roughly $6-million dollar project pushed the current capacity of the facility to 92 inmates.

It also improved security and made it easier for correctional officers to oversee more inmates.

Another aspect of the expansion/renovation put the infrastructure (water, electric) in place to allow the jail to eventually be expanded to hold up to 144 inmates.