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Backlog leaves some Brown County drug criminals on streets longer

7:25 AM, Feb. 4, 2013
Brown County Assistant District Attorney Wendy Lemkuil sits amidst a pile of papers on her desk at the Brown County District Attorney's office in Green Bay on Jan. 29, 2013. The DA's office is six months to a year behind on some cases.
Brown County Assistant District Attorney Wendy Lemkuil sits amidst a pile of papers on her desk at the Brown County District Attorney's office in Green Bay on Jan. 29, 2013. The DA's office is six months to a year behind on some cases.
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Some Brown County drug criminals remain on the street for as long as nine months between the time they commit crimes and the time they are arrested, due to a backlog of more than 500 drug cases in the District Attorney's office.

Authorities say police are detecting drug activity and conducting "controlled buys" faster than the district attorney's office can process cases - an issue that DA David Lasee and county officials blame on inadequate staffing. He and county supervisors agree that more prosecutors are needed, but they haven't been able to find funding.

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