Former inmates can sue over policy in Cole County Jail

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A federal appeals court says former inmates at a central Missouri county jail can sue over a policy that left them naked while laundry was done.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday reversed a judge's dismissal of a lawsuit filed by former inmates at the Cole County Jail in Jefferson City.

ABC 17 reports that the lawsuit alleges that the department has "an unlawful practice of limiting detainees to a single set of clothing and undergarments and requiring detainees and inmates to be naked during the laundering of that clothing or remain in dirty clothing."

The appeals court ruled jail officials had provided no legitimate reason for the policy, making it unconstitutional punishment.

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