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Dane County Jail reduces inmate population in fight against COVID-19

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Jail is trying to limit the limit the impact the COVID-19 pandemic by releasing some inmates and using new technology.

On March 10, the jail's population was 746. Today it is 562, according to a press release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff David Mahoney is "committed to getting as many inmates a possible released from the jail to minimize the risk of COVID-19 to inmates and staff" the release said.

Seventy-two inmates are at home on GPS monitoring.

In addition, the staff at the jail are trying out two new devices designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Two Skytron UV Emitters are testing while on loan at the jail, according to a press release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office sent Wednesday.

The devices discharge "germ deactivating UV energy" the sheriff's office said.

Some staff have already trained on how to use the gadgets. The jail got ahold of the emitters Monday.

“The health and safety of all our staff and community is of the utmost importance to me and our leadership team. We will continue to look for ways to help our people do their jobs in these uncertain times,” said Sheriff David Mahoney.

JT Cestkowski

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