Monday, October 06, 2008

Crime and punishment in Marathon County

For the past couple of months I have been working with Brian Reisinger, another reporter here, on a series of stories about the criminal justice system in Marathon County. This county has invested heavily in incarceration-alternatives in the past decade or so, but it still finds itself with an overcrowded jail and the prospect of spending tens of millions on a bigger facility.

This is a local issue, of course, but it's something many, many different places across the country are experiencing. If you're interested in checking out some of our reporting, see the special section here.

Or check out the individual stories on the costs of incarceration, the culture of the overcrowded jail, the role recidivism plays in the system, the limits of treatment options and the Huber work-release program. These were the main pieces in the series, though they were supplemented by a lot of secondary reporting and statistical breakouts and so on.

Here is a photo gallery of pictures taken by Daily Herald photographers inside the jail.

I also made a video of an inmate from the Marathon County Jail out on Huber which can be found on this page somewhere.

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