The Goyke Report
In the News
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"New Legislation Would Help Ease Serious Overcrowding Issues in Wisconsin Prisons"
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"Democratic Lawmaker Pitches Plan to Address Prison Overcrowding"
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"The High Cost of Overcrowded Prisons"
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"State Representative Proposes Repurposing Lincoln Hills as Adult Treatment Center"
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Pictures From the Brief at The State Capitol
Rep. Goyke presenting Inmate 501
Rep. Riemer asking questions during Q&A portion of the brief
We had a packed house!
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Friends and Neighbors,
On Wednesday, November 29th, I gave a briefing entitled "Inmate 501" to the state legislature on the Wisconsin prison system. During the briefing, I outlined the converging crises we are facing: the steady growth of adults prisoners and the decline of juveniles in Lincoln Hills.
The presentation included an analysis of the
State of Wisconsin’s correctional system, an examination of reforms
adopted in conservative states across the country, and possible
legislative solutions. Wisconsin is currently on an unsustainable path
of prison growth and we must address this issue legislatively before
resorting to throwing more money at the problem. I concluded the brief
by introducing three pieces of legislation to stabilize
Wisconsin's prison population.
I hope this e-update is
helpful. For more information, please feel free to visit my page
here. Should you have any questions, please
do not hesitate to contact my office at (608) 266-0645. I welcome any feedback or ideas you may have. As always, please let me know if I can be of
any assistance to you.
The converging crises in Wisconsin's Prison System
The front cover of Rep. Goyke's Corrections handout
Inmate 501: The first prisoner in Wisconsin to be shipped out of state in over a decade
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Over the past few years, the prison population has increased. Wisconsin's prisons are designed to house about 16,000 inmates. Today they hold roughly 23,000. Cells that are built for one now hold two. Stories of three person cells and rooms housing six or more are not uncommon. This overcrowding reduces safety for inmates and prison staff. As the prison population has grown, the overcrowding has burst the seams of the institutions and overflowed to the county jail through the use of contract beds. Below, beginning in January of 2016, the DOC used roughly 50 contract beds- meaning Wisconsin's prisons were overflowing by 50 beds. Today, the DOC must send over 450 inmates to contract beds.
Rep. Goyke briefing fellow concerned citizens on the converging crises in the WI prison system
These bi-partisan pieces of legislation will address two major challenges the Wisconsin prison system is currently facing:
The legislative briefing concluded with the introduction of three criminal justice reform bills. Based on similar bi-partisan legislation passed in other states, the following three bills are designed to begin meaningful criminal justice reform in Wisconsin:
1.) LRB 4783: Close Lincoln Hills and Repurpose As Adult Treatment Facility
2.) LRB 0522: Crimeless Revocation Reform
3.) LRB 4858: Expanding Earned Release
Rep. Goyke displaying an image of Lincoln Hills