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La Crosse County jail well over capacity

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Max capacity is 174, 
Monday was over that mark

There aren’t as many on average in the La Crosse County jail today as this time last year, but it’s still well over capacity.

Justice sanctions specialist Jane Klekamp says the possibility of jail overcrowding exists in La Crosse whenever the population goes over 174 prisoners.

Monday morning’s jail population was above 220 at one point. 

For the second consecutive year, the average daily jail population was just under 200. Klekamp says spikes in arrests can push the jail to its limits. And, it’s the long-term prisoners who take up the most beds – inmates jailed for weeks while waiting to go on trial.  

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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