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La Crosse sheriff expects jail population to rise soon

Brad Williams



The stay-at-home orders in Wisconsin have kept plenty of people off the streets–apparently, including criminals. 

La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf says activity in his department was down 29 per cent in April, compared to a year ago. 

Wolf tells a county board committee that domestic violence has been up during the COVID outbreak, and he senses that ‘crime is changing.’ 

He believes that the jail population will start rising again soon. 

The number of prisoners is in the 60’s, about half of what it was around the start of 2020.

The sheriff says judges have been putting off sentencing in some cases, to avoid jail crowding. 

However, Wolf says violent crime has been ‘creeping up’ locally, with arrests for murder and attempted murder made this month.  

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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