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Attorney General thumbs down on Dane County bail fund

MADISON (WKOW) -- Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion stating there's no authority to operate a revolving bail fund, as was done for a time in Dane County.

The attorney general's opinion had been requested by Dane County district attorney Brian Blanchard.

The county plan instituted by county executive Kathleen Falk and sheriff Dave Mahoney involved the lending of county money to certain eligible jail inmates when bail amounts were $250 or less.  

Some county judges and Blanchard had expressed concern about the lending plan.

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