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La Crosse County working on ways to keep bail-jumpers out of jail

Brad Williams

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The jail population in La Crosse County this spring has been a little higher than it was earlier in the year.

Some of the increase can be blamed on bail-jumping, with many prisoners going back to jail shortly after being released.

The county is looking into the problem, and studying ways to cut down on bail jumpers filling the jail.

“Often times, people that commit bail jumpings will automatically be taken to jail because they’re violating their bond,” District Attorney Tim Gruenke said, “but there’s some circumstances where the police weren’t really called for that reason and they find people almost by accident.”

Gruenke added that police may be given more discretion to refer bail-jumping suspects to other programs, so they won’t have to return to jail.

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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    Tim Irwin

    April 15, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Accused of a crime and you agree to terms to get out of Jail. Then you violate those terms. You are only as good as your word. Throw away the key!

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