All volunteers at the La Crosse County jail must submit to a criminal background check before being allowed to volunteer at the jail. This is not intended to keep you out of the jail if you have a criminal history, but for safety and security it is necessary that the jail be aware of your background. Some of the best and most effective volunteers in jail are men and women who have been incarcerated themselves, and have turned their lives around. We are eager to have your testimony.
All volunteers must have their picture taken for badges that will be used while in the jail. The chaplain can take your picture with a digital camera. Please call ahead to make photo arrangements. To get your picture taken, come the visitor’s entrance to the jail. That is on the North side of the Law Enforcement Center and is the only door open on that side of the building. It is right across the street from the parking lot between Dee’s Mufflers and the jail. You’ll walk down a short ramp to the door. If you are there before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. you’ll have to push the button on the silver plate to the left of the door and tell the person who answers that you are there to get your volunteer picture taken with the chaplain. If you are there during normal working hours that door will be unlocked. Come in and go about half way down the hallway. You will see a door on your left with a handwritten note on it that says “Chaplains Office”. You will be met there. Please be aware that the chaplain is often not in this office but up in the cell blocks. That is why it is important to make arrangements ahead of time.
You have to print out the volunteer form, fill it out, and send it to:
Chaplain Tom Skemp
333 Vine St.
La Crosse WI 54601
Any questions, please call Chaplain Tom Skemp at (608) 785-9772 or email here.