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DA staffing shortage causes backlogs

Study: Wisconsin needs 215 more prosecutors

8:29 AM, May 18, 2013
Assistant District Attorney Doug Edelstein prepares a DUI homicide case Friday, May 17, 2013 in his office surrounded by the traffic related trial case files he is currently working on. The Winnebago County District Attorney's Office, currently staffed 10 prosecutors, should have 19 based on the workload, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin State Prosecutor's Office.
Assistant District Attorney Doug Edelstein prepares a DUI homicide case Friday, May 17, 2013 in his office surrounded by the traffic related trial case files he is currently working on. The Winnebago County District Attorney's Office, currently staffed 10 prosecutors, should have 19 based on the workload, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin State Prosecutor's Office.

A local family experienced first-hand what can happen in an understaffed district attorney's office.

On a Wednesday last month, the Winnebago County District Attorney's Office had enough staff available to cover the county's six Circuit Court branches and one court commissioner's office. However, there hadn't enough time - or people - to finish making charging decisions for each person who was in custody at the Winnebago County Jail.

As a result, a family that showed up for a court hearing for a relative who was in the jail waited needlessly for a hearing that had to be postponed. ...

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