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Sheriff hopes cameras will stave off future lawsuits

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Woodbury County's Sheriff wants to add cameras to the jail to protect it from future lawsuits.

Right now, there are over 30-cameras, but Sheriff Dave Drew has a plan to add 76-cameras.

He says the cameras are necessary to cover blind spots.  Just this year, Woodbury County settled three lawsuits over strip searches inside the jail.

Drew said the cameras will the county extra protection.

"When you end up in court there's two things there.  The jury's looking for, where is the camera, where's the video.  If you stand there and say we don't have it, it makes people wonder," Drew explained.

Drew had hoped to get the cameras installed mid-July but said the installation has been pushed back.

 The cost will come out of the Sheriff's $1.2 jail improvement budget.

 

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