Woodbury County considers more nurses at jail

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Woodbury County officials are considering whether to add more nurses to treat inmates at the jail, after its sheriff pleaded for more support.

The county board met Tuesday to consider the proposal. They will look into costs before making a decision in September.

County Sheriff Dave Drew told board members he needs the additional personnel to properly oversee inmates at the jail. The Sioux City Journal says (http://bit.ly/1oaWtYq ) the jail has two full-time nurses and a part-time nurse. Drew said that staffing level is not sufficient for the inmates' medical needs.

Board Chairman George Boykin said there's no money to add nurses in the current budget, which runs through the end of June 2015. He said a budget amendment would be needed to add any nurses.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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