Criminal Justice

Tribal law enforcement boosted under bill proposed by members of Congress from the West

BY: - September 26, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers re-introduced legislation last week to provide more resources for tribal law enforcement, an issue they say has become more urgent as Congress begins to consider how to respond to a July Supreme Court case that complicated state-tribal criminal jurisdiction. The bill, introduced Thursday in the House by U.S. Rep. […]

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V.P. Harris campaigns in Milwaukee, praises AG Kaul

BY: - September 23, 2022

In a visit to Milwaukee Thursday in the midst of a tight midterm election season in a critical battleground state, Vice President Kamala Harris praised Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul for fighting the rollback of abortion rights.  The U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision “intentionally shifted the fight for reproductive rights to the states,” Harris said […]

Kenosha County courthouse. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

The Rittenhouse shootings started a gun debate in Kenosha that hasn’t ended

BY: - September 21, 2022

This story was published in partnership with The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom covering gun violence in America. It can be viewed here on THETRACE.ORG. Sign up for their newsletters here. It’s been more than two years since a police officer fired seven shots into the back of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, Jr., setting off days of protest […]

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U.S. government failed to properly count deaths of people in prisons and jails, Senate report says

BY: - September 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice did not properly count nearly 1,000 deaths of incarcerated people in jails and prisons, according to a bipartisan report released Tuesday by a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.  The 10-month investigation by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff, found […]

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Should Milwaukee’s North Shore consolidate its seven police departments?

BY: - September 20, 2022

For the communities that make up Milwaukee County’s North Shore area, consolidation of government services is familiar. Fire departments, libraries and courts are already shared. But police services in the area spanning the villages of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, River Hills, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and the city of Glendale, have not undergone the same […]

Corrections department faces continued population rise, staffing shortages at Lincoln Hills

BY: - September 19, 2022

As of Sept. 9, according to the Department of Corrections (DOC) weekly population report, there were 70 boys at the Lincoln Hills School juvenile correctional facility. The population has risen steadily since June, when it hovered around 58 boys. While the facility was built to hold more than 500, the steady influx of new youth […]

The banner which was hung from the Waukesha Transit Center. It has been edited to remove a website for the neo-nazi group. (Photo | Obtained through open records requests to Waukesha PD)

White supremacists exploit ‘false narrative’ of racial motivation in Waukesha parade tragedy

BY: and - September 14, 2022

In the 10 months since six people were killed and more than 60 injured when an SUV slammed into the Waukesha Christmas Parade, white supremacist and neo-fascist groups have cultivated a belief that the incident was a racially motivated attack on white people. That belief, which was indulged by one high-ranking Republican Party official in […]

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Congressional panel debates federal role in preventing youth incarceration

BY: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of a U.S. House Education and Labor Committee panel on Thursday questioned experts and leaders of youth rehabilitation programs about how the federal government could invest in programs to prevent kids from becoming incarcerated. “Although the juvenile justice system is intended to rehabilitate—not punish—young offenders, data shows that the more a young […]

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Wisconsin sheriffs working with ICE push immigrants from jail to deportation

BY: - September 7, 2022

This story has been updated to reflect a change in Dane County Sheriff’s Office policy in August of 2021. The department no longer informs ICE when it has an undocumented immigrant in custody.  Relationships, both formal and informal, between Wisconsin sheriff’s offices and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cause immigrants to be deported for […]

Protesters march toward Wauwatosa as the curfew sets in. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Wauwatosa lawsuits over curfew, protester list continue

BY: - September 1, 2022

A federal lawsuit filed against the city of Wauwatosa’s handling of protesters during its October curfew in 2020 continues to unfold in court. While U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph decided that nine of the lawsuit’s 14 claims will not go forward, the claims the court will consider touch on some of the most discussed controversies […]

Kenosha County courthouse. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Kenosha community members reflect on 2020 unrest

BY: - August 29, 2022

Two years after the unrest that followed the shooting of Jacob Blake, a sense of mournful angst loomed thick in the Kenosha’s Civic Park Wednesday evening as a modest gathering of community members assembled to unpack those few chaotic nights. The evening was one of reflection, but also refusal to allow Kenosha’s uprising to be […]

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Wauwatosa PD releases details of officer’s non-fatal shooting of teen

BY: - August 24, 2022

“The subject dictates the officer’s response,” said Wauwatosa Police Chief James MacGillis in a recent video, released following the Milwaukee County district attorney’s decision to not issue charges for an officer-involved shooting back in April. The incident, which involved Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) officers Evan Olson and Dexter Schleis, left 17-year-old Damiso Lee wounded after […]