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.
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