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North Dakota lowers grade of Barnes County jail

December 19, 2018

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — The state of North Dakota has lowered the grade of the Barnes County jail after a December inspection.

KVOC-AM radio reports that the jail was downgraded from a Class I to a Class III facility after the state found 19 non-compliant violations.

Barnes County Sheriff Randy McClaflin says he’s disappointed, but the process to build a new jail will continue. He says under the new rule, the Barnes County jail will only be able to keep inmates for up to four days, then they’ll have to be transferred to other facilities in the state.

A November 2017 inspection also found multiple violations and earlier this year, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told Barnes County officials to plan to either renovate the jail or build a new one.

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Information from: KOVC-AM, http://www.newsdakota.com

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