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Disciplinary Records Reveal Out-of-Control Employees at County Jail

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

A new law in Iowa allows the public to file open records requests for government employees’ disciplinary records. This new form of transparency could very well lead to more accountability in government.

For now, though, it’s just revealing how much tolerance parts of that government have had for unprofessional behavior.

The Des Moines Register sought disciplinary records and other information from the Polk County jail after an employee there sent the paper a letter. The letter detailed a bevy of problems at the state’s largest jail, from sexual harassment to improper oversight of inmates on suicide watch. It also said employees were reprimanded for bringing up concerns.

The cases uncovered by the Register include an employee who got into a fight with a prisoner and didn’t tell anyone, a sergeant in a sexual relationship with a subordinate, and an officer plotting with a co-worker to assault a prisoner. The jail

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