Statements about Criminal Justice
"Last year, I was involved with an effort to to help prosecutors get their first pay raise in more than 10 years."
"I’m running the second-largest county district attorney’s office … at 1985 staffing levels."
Says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has "deputies collecting overtime while sitting passively in chairs watching courthouse security personnel work."
"Part of the increase in the cost (of higher education) has been because state support has dropped. We now spend, under Governor Walker, more on corrections than we do on higher education."
Under Wisconsin law, "anyone who knows anything about a John Doe" secret criminal investigation "can't talk about it."
"Milwaukee has the second-highest" number of children recovered from sex trafficking.
Milwaukee has seen "an uptick in violence" since 2010, and "the only period of calm we get is when winter sets in."
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.
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