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Criminal Justice Reform Initiatives

Assembly Republicans announced a package of criminal justice investments we hope to work on with Governor Tony Evers during the biennial budget process.

In a series of press conferences across the state, Assembly Republicans stated their intention to advocate for inclusion of the following initiatives in the 2019-2020 budget:

  • Ensure adequate resources for prosecutors and public defenders so trials occur with minimal delay, as guaranteed by the Constitution
  • Expand Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) programs for offenders who enter into drug/alcohol treatment or other risk reduction services as an alternative to jail or prison confinement
  • Invest in correctional officer retention to reduce overtime and increase safety and security at correctional facilities
  • Improve outcomes for individuals transitioning from protective custody to our communities by expanding worker training, re-entry programming, and pre-release health initiatives

I will be leading the budget discussion in this area with fellow finance committee member Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam). 

Our goal is to ensure we have a criminal justice system that functions efficiently and effectively for everyone. These initiatives and investments complement each other in a way that ensures the proposed additional resources will lead to better outcomes. In the interest of justice, I hope Governor Evers can support our proposal.   


Rep. Loudenbeck and State Public Defender Kelli Thompson were guests on “Your Talk Show” on WCLO radio talking about the criminal justice reform proposal.

Legislative Exchange

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting the City of Milwaukee with my colleague Rep. Jason Fields and our awesome staff. We started out on the radio at JOY 1340 AM taking about our bill to expand the Minority Teacher Loan Program to educators employed at public and private schools located outside of the City of Milwaukee. Then we toured the Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Northwestern Mutual building. It was great to see these exciting new developments in Milwaukee. Yes - politics can be fun and bipartisan and at the end of the day our real work is serving the amazing people all across this great state of Wisconsin! I am looking forward to hosting our next legislative exchange in the 31st Assembly District. 

MKE DayLeft to Right: Jennifer Broberg, Rep. Fields, Rep. Loudenbeck, Ellen Schutt, Danielle Zimmerman

Thanks for Visiting!

Several students from Gateway Technical College visited my office in Madison to talk about their Gateway experiences, legislative priorities, and future career plans.


 ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Beloit Daily NewsPlan Boosts budget for Prosecutors, Defenders

Beloit Daily News
- Criminal Justice Reform 

Janesville Gazette- Evers' Marijuana Proposal 

WCLO Podcast-
Criminal Justice Initiatives 


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Rep. Amy Loudenbeck 
State Capitol, Room 304 East
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

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