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Johnson Co.: 'We have to do something' about jail, courthouse

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Officials in Johnson County are still working on a plan to fix the county's jail and courthouse following two failed referendum votes.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors invited law enforcement and city officials to share their views. Topics included the jail location and the number of minorities arrested in the county.

The meeting gave supervisors a chance to ask questions. They say voters will head to the polls again, likely as soon as next year.

"We do not have a choice with our courthouse," said Janelle Rettig, Johnson County Supervisor. "We have to do something. We do not have a choice with our jail -- we either have to make significant investments just to stabilize it, or we have to abandon it."

Officials from Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty and Solon were in attendance. University of Iowa officials were invited but did not attend.

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