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Inmates at Marathon County Jail face few searches

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) - The Marathon County Jail where two corrections officers were attacked last month does only limited searches of inmates returning to jail from work-release programs, despite a recommendation to beef up searches.

A Daily Herald Media report says 79 of the jail's 279 inmates are in the facility's Huber section, meaning they're eligible for work release.

When they return to jail they go through a metal detector and are patted down for weapons but the jail doesn't have enough staff to do strip searches. In theory, that could mean inmates are sneaking in weapons or contraband.

The state Department of Corrections says strip searches are authorized for inmates convicted of felonies. A 2011 independent report recommended the Marathon County Jail implement those searches but authorities say their resources are too limited.

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