Statements about Criminal Justice

Action by the Milwaukee County Board will "provide the County Executive with the same level of security as the Governor and the Mayor of Milwaukee while saving taxpayers $300,000."

The Capitol Police force is "going so far as to use paramilitary equipment" in dealing with singing protesters in Madison

Wisconsin’s criminal threshold for drunken-driving is "way out of line" with "states surrounding us," which "have the second offense as a felony."

A study of private bail bond systems "showed that Wisconsin has a higher no-show rate than other states" of defendants skipping court appearances.  

A monthly "police and fire protection fee" on all Wisconsin phone bills does nothing to support police and fire.

"There is no statistical evidence that bail bonds increase the likelihood of those awaiting trial returning to court for their scheduled hearings."

An 11-year-old girl was investigated by the FBI and had to pay a $500 federal criminal fine "because she found an injured woodpecker and put it in a cage to make sure that the bird was OK."

A 0.05 standard for drunken driving means having a glass of wine at dinner could make a person drunk.

Research found that "over the course of the existence of the Brady Bill ban, the use of assault weapons in crimes decreased by two thirds."  

Wisconsin's Supreme Court justices are "deciding fewer opinions in civil and criminal cases than they used to."

40 percent of U.S. gun sales "are occurring outside of" licensed gun dealers.  

In 2009, the FBI "referred more than 71,000" cases of people failing background checks when trying to buy a gun to another federal agency, "but U.S. attorneys ultimately prosecuted only 77 of them."

"I had to lay off 48 people last year," which has exacerbated the lack of law enforcement officers in the county that respond quickly to crime calls.

Since the federal Violence Against Women Act was adopted in 1994, "cases of domestic violence have fallen by 67 percent."

"Every day, 34 Americans are murdered with guns."

Says House Republicans "tried to change the definition of rape."

Says Gov. Scott Walker "raises the pay of inmates, but we don't raise the pay of staff in our correctional institutions."

"I've done more impeachments than anybody else in the history of the country."

Says he’s "never asked for more" than inflationary budget increases in his 10 budgets as Milwaukee County sheriff

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