Criminal Justice

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Dorow tells convicted drug dealers they ‘should be held responsible’ for overdose deaths

BY: - February 2, 2023

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate and Waukesha County Judge Jennifer Dorow has overseen more drug-induced homicide cases over the last five years than any of her Waukesha County colleagues, state court records show. Dorow has frequently told drug users and drug dealers they must be held responsible for providing the drugs that ultimately killed another person […]

A Milwaukee County Sheriff vehicle parked below a bridge being crossed my protesters. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Brieon Green’s family unsatisfied with video, transparency of Milwaukee sheriff

BY: - January 30, 2023

Calls for more transparent policies and the release of video after officer-involved deaths grew louder after a group of activists and the family of Brieon Green, who died in the custody at the Milwaukee County jail, met with the Milwaukee County sheriff last week. Following the death of 21-year-old Brieon Green at the Milwaukee County […]

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Questions about Racine, Kenosha shooting investigation

BY: - January 18, 2023

Details continue to emerge regarding a vehicle chase and officer-involved shooting Monday in Kenosha. The incident involved sheriff’s deputies from Kenosha and Racine counties, as well as Wisconsin State Patrol troopers, and ended near the Great Lakes Dragaway. At around 3:30 p.m. a Racine County deputy initiated a car chase which crossed into Kenosha County. […]

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Bail amendment speeds through committee votes

BY: - January 13, 2023

A proposal to create stricter bail laws by amending the Wisconsin Constitution is quickly making its way through legislative committees. Following an hours-long joint public hearing on Tuesday, the proposal passed  the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in a 5-3 vote and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary 6-1. If adopted, the amendment would […]

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Republicans seek to crack down on bail, set new standards for violent crime

BY: - January 11, 2023

“The average citizen believes that a judge is looking at your past criminal convictions, that they are taking into account the safety of the community, and that they’re looking at the seriousness of your crime,” said Rep. Cindi Duchow (R-Delafield) during a public hearing on Tuesday. “That’s what the average citizen thinks is going on. […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates debate values in first appearance together

BY: - January 10, 2023

The four judges vying to fill an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court appeared together at a forum hosted by Wispolitics.com Monday to debate the values and judicial philosophies they say they’ll bring to the court if elected.  On stage at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison were the two conservative-leaning candidates, Waukesha […]

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The Milwaukee County Courthouse. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Republicans and Democrats are working together on expungement

BY: - January 9, 2023

Republicans and Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are working together to make it easier to clear your criminal record. They are seeking co-sponsorship of LRB 0955/1, which would update decades-old legislation and give millions their freedom back. According to the Sentencing Project, “between 70 million and 100 million — or as many as one in […]

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: A video of former President Donald Trump is played during a hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on October 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, in possibly its final hearing, has been gathering evidence for almost a year related to the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. House Jan. 6 panel report finds Trump incited insurrection, demands accountability

BY: and - December 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Jan. 6 committee late Thursday published its findings in a nearly 850-page report that accused former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection and recommended Congress consider how to determine whether those found to be insurrectionists should be barred from holding office ever again. The report caps 18 months of […]

A protesters sign during a rally outside Green Bay's prison. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

High costs for making holiday calls home from prison and jail

BY: - December 23, 2022

Wisconsin is entering the holiday season, and that goes for residents who are incarcerated across the state, too. People spending the holidays behind bars who have loved ones to reach out to face high costs for making calls. A new Prison Policy Initiative report took a look at the average costs to make a call […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters enter the Senate Chamber. Congress held a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. House Jan. 6 panel refers Trump for criminal charges, including inciting insurrection

BY: - December 19, 2022

 The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in a historic vote agreed unanimously Monday to refer former President Donald Trump and others to the Justice Department for potential criminal charges, including inciting or aiding an insurrection. Trump associates, including attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro and White House Chief […]

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)

FBI releases hate crimes stats for 2021

BY: - December 19, 2022

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released 2021 statistics for hate crimes nationwide. Compiled from data submitted by 11,834 law enforcement agencies, the statistics offer a snapshot of trends around the country. Last year, according to an FBI press release, law enforcement agencies submitted 7,262 incidents, and 8,673 “related offenses” they labeled  motivated hate […]

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley featured at a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee County Exec discusses challenges at press club luncheon

BY: - December 14, 2022

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley discussed the challenges the county faces at a Milwaukee Press Club luncheon on Tuesday. From difficult budget decisions to negotiating with the Republican-controlled Legislature to creating new revenue sources and crafting affordable housing policies, Crowley covered a plethora  of problems and solutions. “We’re building this plane as we fly it,” […]