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Wausau jail staffing numbers under heat

By: AP
By: AP

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- 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.


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