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Update on Marathon County jail one year after savage inmate attack

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It has been one year since an inmate attack at the Marathon County jail left an officer critically hurt.

The attack last March resulted in the resignation of the jail administrator and changes in policy.

The new jail administrator, Sandra La Du-Ives, says safety is a key priority.

"Our staff members now carry tasers with them. It can act as a deterrent and it also is a safety mechanism in a high-risk situation," said La Du-Ives.

The new jail administrator says medical and mental health services are more readily available to inmates.

Sheriff Scott Parks says inmates considered low-risk can take part in sentence reduction programs by working on projects overseen by the sheriff's department. 

Parks says the sentence-reduction program has saved 650 jail-bed days at a cost-savings of $30,000 for Marathon County since November.

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