Bail Reform, Franklin Police Department


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In This Issue

  1. Bail Reform
  2. Holding Criminals Accountable
  3. In the District - Franklin Police Department
  4. Contacting My Office

Bail Reform

Last Wednesday, I introduced three separate bills with our State Senator Julian Bradley (R-Franklin) regarding bail reform. The proposals do not have bill numbers yet and are still circulating for cosponsorship from other legislators. The legislation aims to do the following: 

* Reform judicial bond policies.

* Transparent bond reporting.

* Stricter requirements for those guilty of bail jumping. 

More information can be found in Sen. Bradley's press release below.

Holding Criminals Accountable

This past Thursday, I introduced two additional pieces of legislation with State Senator Andre' Jacque (R-DePere) to address the lax treatment of violent criminals by our judicial system. The bills are still circulating for cosponsorship and will not have bill numbers until next week. 

The legislation seeks to do the following: 

1) Hold violent criminals accountable for gun crimes.

This bill will impose accountability on prosecutors by requiring them to seek court approval before simply dismissing felon-in-possession charges for suspects with prior convictions for violent felonies or diverting the suspect to a deferred prosecution program. Under this proposal, a court will have to produce a written report explaining why it was appropriate to grant the prosecutor's request and how that conforms to the public interest and the legislature's goal of reducing firearm crimes. 

2) Changes eligibility for early parole or extended supervision for certain violent criminals. 

The second legislative proposal expands the list of offenses excluded from statutory programs granting early parole, extended supervision, or discharge from probation. These programs were implemented to offer many lower-risk convicts an opportunity to earn back their freedom by demonstrating that they are no longer a danger to the public. However, many violent offenses remained eligible for these early release programs, including child trafficking and abuse, bank robbery, arson, and armed burglary. This bill excludes these crimes by expanding the list of offenses ineligible for early release to include all violent felonies and violent misdemeanors. 

In the District

Last Tuesday, I attended a press conference at the Franklin Police Department with several of my colleagues from southeast Wisconsin. 

Our caucus is unveiling more legislation to assist our law enforcement officers. From recruitment to retention, this package of bills aims to strengthen our police presence in the 83rd Assembly District by utilizing $25 million in ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021) funding. 

Contacting My Office

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