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Committee hears faults of jail

Bradley Hompe didn't sugar-coat the problems of the Pierce County Jail.

Of course, because his job is a jail inspector for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, that's not in his nature.

So, when asked Thursday by the Pierce County Jail Ad Hoc Committee, how bad is it, he didn't hold back.

Hompe told the committee, out of the 17 jails he inspects (his area goes from Superior to La Crosse and east to Clark County) Pierce is at or near the bottom.

"You have to do something. The county has to make a decision. There have been years and years of talking," he said.

Hompe asserted, even though the state does have the power to shut the jail down if the county continues to drag its feet, it won't due to politics.

For more please read the March 27 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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