Crowded jail could see 
some inmates kept in Racine
Sheriff expects high daily population to force change later in Ď08

By BRIAN HUBER - GM Today Staff 

June 5, 2008


WAUKESHA - Due to consistently high population levels at the Waukesha County Jail, Sheriff Dan Trawicki said Wednesday the county might start housing some of its inmates in Racine County as soon as later this year.
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Trawicki made his comments during a discussion of the potential impact of changes in the state drunken-driving laws that would make first offenses crimes and maybe third and fourth offenses felonies. But even without those changes, the move is close to becoming a reality.

"We are full as we speak," Trawicki said.

The jailís capacity is 469, but, Trawicki said, it is considered full at 80 percent capacity, or 376 inmates.

"Weíve been as high as 470 and today itís in the 440s range," he said. "Today we have 35 to 40 people on electronic monitoring and a lot of people including myself think they are better off in jail instead of electronic monitoring but there is no room for them. ...

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Brian Huber can be reached at bhuber@conleynet.com


This story appeared in The Freeman on June 5, 2008.