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La Crosse jail passes yearly inspection



No violations were found by state inspectors at the La Crosse County jail, during their latest annual inspection last fall. 

La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf reported to a county law committee Tuesday that there were no complaints from inmates, and the inspectors were satisfied with conditions there. 

Wolf said inspectors were “very satisfied” with “everything related to the jail, and especially the cleanliness of the facility.”

Wolf added that in the past year, the jail has improved its focus on mental health needs and installed a new body scanner for visitors.  

The jail population is at 150, well below the 274 capacity level. Inmates range from two 17-year-olds to a 62-year-old man. 

Wolf did address the recent death of a prisoner, noting more information could be available by the end of the week. 

Jeffrey Nottestad of Hixton was found dead in his cell last week, after a routine prisoner check. 

La Crosse police are conducting the investigation.

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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  1. Mike Rose

    February 12, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Cleanliness? YA RIGHT. Mold in the showers, bugs coming out of the drains and sinks. Years worth of dust layers along every wall. Not to mention these jailers treat their dogs better. Ramen Noodles are 79 cents on the commissary. That’s a 60 cent profit on every single pack. $1 a minute phone calls. Good luck if you need any kind of medical attention whatsoever. Atrocious.

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