Tuesday, September 26th

During the full county board meeting Aug. 21, board members voted to approve housing inmates arrested by the Ho-Chunk Nation in Jackson County jails.

The Ho-Chunk Nation has had a criminal code enacted for a couple of years, but just recently enacted a criminal procedure code.

“Our court has just adopted procedures as of last month, so we do anticipate seeing more of the cases within the Ho-Chunk Nation, which hopefully will help our sister jurisdiction with having some prosecutorial discretion over at the nation,” Ho-Chunk Nation attorney general Amanda WhiteEagle said.

Even though the Ho-Chunk Nation could arrest someone, they needed to find a place for the inmates to go that they arrested.

“They really don’t have a mechanism to keep anyone in custody for a long period of time like in jail.