ACLU, Canyon County Locked in Jail Disagreement


The new year may see a new lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union against Canyon County over unsanitary and overcrowded jail conditions.

ACLU of Idaho Executive Director Monica Hopkins told the Idaho Press Tribune that her organization is poised to drag Canyon County back into court after new complaints of overcrowding and other problems.

The county was sued in 2009 for the same problems, but a two-year consent decree was mediated with county officials promising to fix the problems. The decree expires in January.

Dana Maxfield, Canyon County's Jail Security Services administrator, told the Press Tribune that the new allegations of overcrowding are false and any maintenance problems are fixed properly.