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Marathon County jail operating above capacity

9:07 PM, Apr. 1, 2013
The overcrowded O block in the Marathon County Jail shows inmates watching TV and playing games to pass the time in tight conditions in 2008.
The overcrowded O block in the Marathon County Jail shows inmates watching TV and playing games to pass the time in tight conditions in 2008.
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The Marathon County Jail was operating above recommended inmate capacity levels last week when an inmate brutally beat a corrections officer at the facility.

The attack happened at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department. The jail housed 286 inmates on the morning of the attack, seven more than capacity, according to a daily jail report issued Wednesday morning.

Housed in the Marathon County Courthouse building in downtown Wausau, the jail was originally designed to hold 191 inmates. In 1999, administrators increased jail ...

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