We're one of four! We're one of four!
Just four states in the nation failed to adopt significant criminal justice reform legislation in the past two years -- and Wisconsin is one of them!
The other three, according to a new report by the Vera Institute of Justice, are Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.
While other states embraced bail reform and found ways to help inmates re-enter society, Wisconsin increased the penalties for moving a corpse and criminalized some standard naked-baby portraits.
The good news is that there are folks on both sides of the Wisconsin legislative aisle who would like to see criminal justice reform happen. The bad news is that it hasn't happened yet.
Here is map from the Vera Institute report, New Trends in State Sentencing and Corrections 2014-2015, that illustrates Wisconsin's status as a criminal justice reform lagging outlier.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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