By Gretchen Schuldt
A bill that would make public more information about Parole Commission decisions and require that victims get more advance notice of parole hearings has passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits action by Gov. Evers.
The bill, Assembly Bill 47, would require the Department of Corrections to post on its internet site the names of people granted parole, denied parole, and returned to prison following the revocation of parole.
It also would require the department to post monthly and yearly total numbers of those granted and denied parole and returned to prison following parole revocation. The yearly totals would be categorized by the crime of conviction; the sex, race, and age of the person convicted; and the location of conviction.
Victims would be notified by mail at least 90 days in advance of the hearing, a substantial increase from the three weeks' notice now required.
The Legislature amended the bill to remove several changes that were originally included. The bill, as adopted, maintains the commission's authority to go into closed session to consider applications for probation, extended supervision, or parole. The original bill eliminated that authority.
The adopted bill also does not require public notices of the commission's meetings to be published on the DOC's website and include the names of individuals being considered for parole.
The Senate vote on the amended measure was 28-5. A chart showing the vote is below. The Assembly did not take a roll call vote on the amended measure, but concurred in its adoption.
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