Sentences to Jail or Prison

Sentences to Jail or PrisonJail Before SentencingA person arrested for allegedly committing a crime is taken to the Trempealeau County Jail . A person who is unable to post cash bail and gain release will have a hearing before a judge or court commissioner to set bail. The judge may permit a signature bond, or may require that the person post cash before being released. A person who is unable to post cash bail that has been set remains in the jail, and is not permitted to leave the jail for any purpose other than emergency medical treatment. Any time spent in jail before sentencing is credited against whatever sentence is imposed for the crime, if there is a sentencing.
Sentences to JailThe judge determines the length and place of sentence, and whether the person will have work release privileges. The Trempealeau County Sheriff , who operates the jail, determines how a jail sentence will be served. Specifically, the Sheriff determines whether all or some of the sentence will be served confined to the jail and whether some of the sentence will be served on home detention. Home detention always includes electronic monitoring.
"Good" TimeA jail sentence imposed by the judge maybe reduced by "good time." The amount of the reduction is set by law and equals one-quarter of the sentence. For example, a person sentenced by the judge to serve 60 days in jail may serve 45 actual days.
Huber or Work Release Privileges and Home Detention and Electronic MonitoringPlease see the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department website for this information.
Sentences to State PrisonA person sentenced to prison is turned over to the custody of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. All sentences of imprisonment consist of two parts: (1) a period of confinement, which is served in a prison, and (2) a period of extended supervision outside the prison (formerly known as parole). For example, the judge may sentence a person to ten years imprisonment, consisting of five years of initial confinement and five years of extended supervision.

The period of confinement can be lengthened by bad behavior in prison. The period of confinement may be reduced; pursuant to various statutory programs. 
Information for Victims
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Vine System:
1-877-944-8463 or 

Victim Information & Notification Everyday

VINE is a free, 24-hour telephone service that allows a crime victim to check on the status of an inmate in custody within the Trempealeau County Jail system, and to register for automatic notification when an inmate is released from custody or transferred. VINE can also provide information on the inmate's charges, bail, location in the jail, scheduled release date, and where and when an inmate was transferred. The VINE system is unable to supply information regarding if an inmate has Huber privileges or home detention on electronic monitoring.

Victims should not depend solely on the VINE service for protection. If a victim believes that he or she may be at risk, he or she should take precautions as if the inmate has already been released and is able to travel about freely.

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