The claims about the jail in Mount Pleasant were made in a federal lawsuit announced this week. The ACLU said women inmates are denied access to community service opportunities and trustee positions that are available to men.
Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said inmates need opportunities for community service and trustee positions, but that's determined by an outside classification system and available jobs. He said opportunities for inmates to get out of cells are limited by the facility's size.
Mioduszewski said he wants to work with the ACLU on the issues. He said the county might need a new jail.