Idaho Jail No Longer Requires Federal Oversight

May 17, 2016

Authorities say an Idaho jail is no longer required to have federal oversight now that conditions have been improved.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the Canyon County jail has been under federal court oversight since the American Civil Liberties Union sued over what it called "indecent, cruel and inhumane" conditions there seven years ago.

Sheriff Kieran Donahue announced Monday that county has now been given the go-ahead from the courts and ACLU to forgo that oversight. The county has been implementing new policies and programs for years, including a cap of 477 inmates and ventilation and pluming upgrades.

ACLU attorney Stephen Pevar said by phone Monday that the lawsuit ended up being a win-win because it pushed the county to improve its jail.