Jefferson County’s push to keep federal inmates and return jobs to the area has hit a snag.
A group called the Heartland Alliance Immigrant Justice Center filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson County jail for housing inmates in what they call “deplorable conditions.” They represent seven Immigration and Customs Enforcement inmates that were removed from the facility last year.
Four-straight yearly inspections showed the facility was in bad condition, but the facility received the inmates anyways in 2009.
The group aims to keep inmates from returning to the prison until conditions in the medical facility are brought up to code.
The Jefferson County board voted last month to put a third party in charge of cleaning up the facilities.
The inmates meant over $2 million dollars in federal funds went to the County, which helped create jobs.
Members of the board hoped to have inmates back by March or April.