WJI's daily reads for Dec. 22, 2021
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: No pay raise for Milwaukee County's DA, legislators decide.
Committee co-chairman Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, said the committee pulled Milwaukee County's raise back because of the $1,000 bail amount recommended by Chisholm's office for a violent offender who went on to kill six people and injure more than 60 in Waukesha's Christmas Parade in late November.
Politico: Those several thousand federal inmates released during COVID may not have to return to prison after all.
Lawfare: Speak up, Merrick Garland!
But nearly a year into his tenure as attorney general, though much of the criticism of (Merrick) Garland has been unfair or at least premature, the attorney general does have something to answer for: his relative silence.
The Washington Post: The most dangerous conservative judges are not on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In their book “How Democracies Die,” scholars Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt argue that one major way radical parties and leaders erode democratic governments is by capturing the judiciary and other ostensibly neutral institutions (such as the media). This is happening to America’s judicial branch right now. Any effort to strengthen America’s democracy must deal with these radicalized lower-level, GOP-appointed judges.
WPR: COVID is making the corrections officer shortage worse than the bad it already was.
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