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State monitoring of Ward County Jail to continue into June

MINOT, N.D. — State-ordered oversight of the Ward County Jail will continue into next summer as the facility works to meet federal standards.

A state investigation into the death of a jail inmate late last year found the jail’s care “grossly inadequate” and led to an order for the jail to change its operations or face closure.

The investigation found the jail had been violating laws and rules, including not providing medical physicals to inmates and operating above inmate capacity with insufficient staffing.

The county is responsible for paying for a state compliance officer. The Minot Daily News reports that Sheriff Steve Kukowski told county commissioners this week that the on-site monitoring will continue into next June.

Kukowski says the jail eventually will exceed standards and will be a model for others.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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