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La Crosse County jail sees high number of repeat offenders

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Sending people to jail for breaking the law doesn’t seem to discourage many of them from coming back.

La Crosse County sees plenty of repeat inmates, according to Sheriff Jeff Wolf.

Reporting to the county judiciary committee, Wolf said men especially have a habit of going in and out of the jail, with 55 percent of the male inmates in 2018 having been there more than once during the year.

If you add women who are brought in, more than 5,600 separate bookings happened at the county jail last year.

The sheriff says the average nightly population at the jail has been around 200 prisoners for the last three years, with bail violations being a major reason for return bookings.

The sheriff told the committee that he received a letter from a prisoner complaining about the calorie content in jail meals.

Wolf said that man has been to the La Crosse jail 22 times in the last seven years but this is the first time he ever complained.

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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