CINCINNATI (AP) — A lawsuit filed in Ohio claims that at least 13 people who have posted bond are still in jail because the county ran out of monitoring units.
WCPO-TV reports Rozell Martin filed his lawsuit against Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil and the Hamilton County Commission Friday.
The lawsuit says Martin has posted bond, but he is required by a judge’s order to wear an electronic monitoring unit and all of the units are currently in use.
According to the lawsuit, the sheriff’s office has told Martin’s family that he is 13th on the waiting list.
Attorney Carl Lewis says it’s "unconstitutional, and it’s illegal" that Martin has to remain in jail.
Officials with the sheriff’s office and the county have not responded to requests for comment.