Madison
40° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Report: Wausau jail dangerously understaffed

Published On: Mar 30 2013 07:18:06 PM CDT
WAUSAU, Wis. -

Six years ago a consultants' report concluded that the Marathon County Jail was so understaffed that employees could be in danger. This week, staffing was even lower at the time an inmate attacked and critically injured a corrections officer.

A Wausau Daily Herald report quotes Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger as saying he doesn't think staffing levels contributed to Wednesday's attack.

But 27-year-old Melissa J. Johnson of Amherst disagrees. She says her mother is a corrections officer at the jail, and Johnson fears for her mother's life every time she goes to work because of understaffing.

The 2007 report says Marathon County's staff-to-inmate ratio was too low to appropriately manage inmates.

The inmate attack Wednesday left a 36-year-old female guard hospitalized in critical condition.

Advertisement
  • SkyCam Network

    Check out live views of the area from our SkyCam Network.

  • Cruiser

    Cruiser

    Your pet photos

    Email us a picture of you and your pet and we'll use it in out Pet Walk segment which airs every weekday morning at 6:40. Include your name, your pet's name and where you're from. Email to petwalk@wisctv.com.

  • Join the News 3 Call For Action team

    An award-winning nonprofit that helps consumers solve problems is looking for volunteers in the Madison area.

Advertisement