La Crosse County has had cases of murder, shootings, and drug busts as usual during the coronavirus shutdown, but minor crimes have dropped off, and the jail population is down to about half its normal level.
District attorney Tim Gruenke tells the county criminal justice committee that he’s been getting odd calls about what’s allowed under quarantine rules, inquiring about which businesses are supposed to be open.
He also says drug use appears to be up, with three overdose deaths in the last week.
It may take a while for the courts in La Crosse County to return to normal, once COVID-19 passes, because county court officials are working on ways to have jury trials that include social distancing.
Gruenke serves on a statewide task force studying the coronavirus effects on Wisconsin courts.