So far, PolitiFact Wisconsin has taken the bait set out by scheming Republicans to portray Gov. Tony Evers a failure for not passing most of his campaign promises, including criminal justice reform, a huge drain on scarce taxpayer funding.
Almost completely unnoticed (never mentioned in current coverage), Evers Unveiled his List of Criminal Justice Reforms:
Evers campaigned on a pledge to halve the state’s prison population. The bills would:The Republicans "Opposite Day, Every Day" Agenda: In another attempt to reverse the 2018 election of Gov. Evers (after lame-duck power grab by GOP legislators):
1. Set incarceration limits for non-criminal supervision violations ... short-term sanctions as an alternative to revocation ... successful supervision and revocation systems in Texas and Michigan could be replicated in Wisconsin.
2. Expand earned release eligibility to include vocational or educational programs.
3. Expand on a compliance credit to allow for shortened community supervision options.
4. Evaluate and provide possible alternatives to prison for those in the state’s elderly inmate population.
5. Wisconsin is an outlier in many ways when it comes to the criminal justice system ... the state’s crowded prison system operated at 133% capacity through mid-2018.
Pretending voters never elected a Democratic Governor, Rep. Robin Vos rejected what many deep-red Republican states did with money-saving criminal justice reform, by passing an in-your-face costly and outdated tougher-on-crime spree (all while promising tax cuts):
The bills are likely to face opposition from Gov. Tony Evers, who has advocated for halving the state's prison population. Part of the Republican "Tougher on Crime" push:
1. Expand the types of crimes juveniles could be incarcerated for to include actions that would be felonies if committed by adults;
2. Bar individuals who committed certain violent crimes from being discharged early from probation;
3. Make it a felony to try to intimidate a victim in a domestic abuse crime.
4. One of the bills with the largest price tag would require the Department of Corrections to recommend that people charged with crimes while on parole, probation or extended supervision would have those statuses revoked.
5. That bill carries a $211 million annual estimate, and the agency also said it would require the building of two additional prisons costing $350 million each.
6. Another bill to make "swatting," or reporting a fake emergency to police, a felony.