‘Blood out of a turnip’: Sheriff collected hefty jail fees from inmates and used the funds for ice cream and cotton candy at gun range party, lawsuit says

Left: Leticia Roberts (photo via ACLU of Iowa/Alesha Fox). Right: Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson (Screengrab via KWWL).

An Iowa woman filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday against a local sheriff over his aggressive policies to get “blood out of a turnip” by allegedly forcing low-income individuals to pay exorbitant jail fees that were then used to fund a gun range stocked with cotton candy and ice cream.

Leticia Roberts served a total of nine days in county jail in 2022 for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. After Roberts was released, she received an invoice for $730 for the time she was detained at the Black Hawk County Jail.

Roberts is a single mom of three who says the $730 bill is a massive debt for her that she still struggles to pay more than two years later.

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