FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2018
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke
Steineke: 2 More Assistant DA’s for Outagamie & Brown Counties
MADISON – State Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) voiced his support for legislation that would, among other things, give additional resources to area district attorneys’ offices to address staffing shortages. Senate Bill 54 would result in two additional state prosecutor positions within both the Brown and Outagamie Counties District Attorneys’ offices.
“We know that one of the biggest barriers between a safer Wisconsin is simply having the manpower necessary to meet the caseload demands,” said Rep. Steineke. “This bill will help alleviate the workload burden throughout the state, so we make sure our criminal justice system can operate as efficiently and appropriately as possible.”
Wisconsin currently falls 139 prosecutors short of national guidelines that recommend counties have one prosecutor for every 10,000 residents. This legislation would allocate roughly $4 million to create more than 50 positions throughout the state. Counties most in need, operating at staffing levels under 79 percent, would be eligible for the positions, with no counties receiving more than two.
“I appreciate the commitment to public safety this proposal represents,” said Mindy Tempelis, the Outagamie County District Attorney. “Additional prosecutors will help ensure our commitment to justice, serve victims of crime, and allow us to participate in important criminal justice reform.”
SB 54 is scheduled for the Assembly’s February 22nd floor date.