Toledo prevails in jail lawsuit against county

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Toledo has ruled that a northwest Ohio county is responsible for the jail costs for people arrested by city police and held on state misdemeanor charges.

The Blade ( ) reports that Judge Linton Lewis Jr. made the ruling Monday in a lawsuit filed in December by the city against Lucas County Commissioners and the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio over incarceration costs.

The lawsuit asked Lewis to hold the county responsible for housing all state prisoners regardless of which agency arrested them and which court sentenced them.

The county has been paying the pretrial incarceration costs for inmates charged by Toledo police with misdemeanor violations since the city began charging them under state law instead of municipal code two years ago.


Information from: The Blade,