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La Crosse jail works around shortages in medical staff

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A staff shortage at the La Crosse County jail has affected the medical care available to inmates. 

Sheriff Jeff Wolf reports to a county committee that 24-hour medical staffing at the jail is only available during weekends, overnight on Saturday and Sunday.

Wolf says that five nights a week between midnight at 5 a.m., a doctor is on call to offer advice on medical needs to jail workers.  

The sheriff says ACH, the company contracted by the county to meet medical needs at the jail, is working to find enough people to be available at all hours to treat prisoners.  

Wolf says detox treatment for drinking and drug use is one of the most common medical services provided to county prisoners.  

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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