Panel finds Marathon County jail unsafe
WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A citizen review panel formed after a corrections officer was injured in an attack at the Marathon County jail says the jail system is unsafe and needs a wholesale culture change.
The Daily Herald Media reports among the most troubling of the panel's finding was that drugs and other contraband were being smuggled into the jail by work-release inmates and through the jail's laundry, which is staffed by inmate-trustees.
The five-member panel was formed after an inmate critically injured a corrections officer March 27.
After the attack, a Daily Herald Media review of county records revealed several jail inspection reports that raised concerns about jail problems. The reports were allegedly ignored by Sheriff Randy Hoenisch, who announced his retirement in February. The jail administrator also resigned.
Information from: Wausau Daily Herald, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com