The awful pro-prison bill, SB 54, died in the State Senate.
That is really good news for just about everybody except its sponsor, State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield). The bill would have required the Department of Corrections to recommend revocation for anyone on probation / parole who was charged with a new violent misdemeanor or felony.
The bill would have sent thousands of people to prison who didn't need to be there. The measure included $350 million for a new prison to accommodate them all.
The proposal would increase misery, add to local property taxes, and cost millions annually in additional state funds.
The State Senate got it right.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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