Marathon Co. Administrator Says Staffing Not a Factor in Jail Attack

By: Al Knox Email
By: Al Knox Email

UPDATE: 4/1 at 4:24 p.m.

The Marathon County Administrator says staffing at the jail had no impact on an inmate attack that left a guard in critical condition.

Last week, two Marathon County Corrections Officers were attacked inside the jail. Since then we've learned that a consultant's report six years ago concluded the Marathon County Jail was so understaffed employees could be in danger.

Staffing was even lower the week when the officers were injured by an inmate. But County Administrator Brad Karger says that staffing was not an issue. “I'm confident your going to see that staffing is not a contributing factor. Neither was whether the officers had been assigned a taser. But staffing is a concern”, he explains.

The 2007 report says Marathon County's officer-to-inmate ratio was too low to appropriately manage inmates.
the 36-year-old female guard is still in the hospital in critical condition.

More details regarding the attack are expected to be released Tuesday morning at press conference.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/30 at 3:34 p.m.

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 under-staffing.

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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