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Lax Jail Population Going Down As Weather Gets Warmer



The start of spring sometimes means trouble for the La Crosse County jail, with more people getting arrested and locked up.

But not so far this spring. Captain Steve Anderson at the county jail says the daily population average is down by about 30 inmates from the March numbers. About 180 prisoners have been in the jail this week.  Anderson is concerned about a rise in the numbers of inmates with mental health problems, or drug issues, who are occupying beds.  He says the high number of inmates going through detox has the jail nurses ‘running…ragged,’ having to add more work to their normal jail duties.



A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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