Options are becoming increasingly limited for Marinette County Jail inmates, says Jail Administrator Bob Majewski.
As of now, general population inmates needing full-time monitoring are allowed to live in a work-release inmate wing, while work-release inmates are not being held in jail. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve has spoken to county judges about helping get inmates out of electronic monitoring, however that is not a complete solution.
Inmates currently on electronic monitoring are still in sheriff’s custody, requiring jail staff to continue to monitor them, which takes away from other duties in the jail. The other battle is keeping inmates who have higher needs in places where they will not interact.
An estimated half of the inmates contributing to the overflow is because they are waiting to be sentenced. This raises the question about potentially sending inmates to surrounding counties, such as Shawano, Door, or Outagamie County Jails, but that comes as an added cost.