Criminal Justice

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‘There’s more to people than the mistakes they’ve made’

BY: - September 3, 2019

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin is conducting a statewide Justice Tour to discuss criminal justice reform. A meeting in Milwaukee on August 29 focused on organizing against parole revocations for non-criminal rule violations and mass incarceration. Held at the Brown Deer United Methodist Church, Milwaukee’s meeting featured a panel discussion titled “Investing […]

Democrats unify to push gun sale background checks

BY: - August 15, 2019

Democrats showed what a difference it makes in being able to magnify their voices by having statewide-elected officials that come together behind an issue that is popular with the majority of the public. Today Attorney General Josh Kaul, Gov. Tony Evers, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) unveiled […]

Fifteen hate groups reside in Wisconsin

BY: - August 12, 2019

Two years ago today — Aug. 12, 2017 — a neo-Nazi sped his car into a group of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens of others. This week, copies of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) “Hate Map” tracking hate groups throughout the United States, arrived in mailboxes of its […]

Surviving gun violence, opposing the death penalty

BY: - August 9, 2019

Pardeep Kaleka knows what it’s like to lose loved ones to violent extremism. The executive director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, who lost his father in the 2012 Sikh temple mass shooting in Oak Creek, has also developed an understanding that mass shootings committed in the name of white supremacy, like the one […]

Proposal to tax guns to aid to gun-crime victims

BY: - August 9, 2019

A proposed Wisconsin bill would tax firearms and use the funds to pay for services to gun-crime victims, who are barred by federal law from suing firearms manufacturers for their injuries. State Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg) and State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) are circulating the bill for cosponsors; a similar bill from the 2017-18 session […]

Perfect Surveillance: The Pentagon is watching Wisconsin with spy balloons

BY: - August 8, 2019

If you look up over the next few weeks in Wisconsin, and notice an unassuming, unmarked blimp floating by at high-altitude, you might just be watching the U.S. military, watching you. The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are testing a fleet of up to 25 surveillance balloons drifting across six Midwestern states. According […]

Helping faith leaders “circumvent the rise of hate”

BY: - August 5, 2019

For Pardeep Kaleka, the first weekend in August was already going to be a mix of joy and sorrow. Then, at opposite ends of the country, mass shootings left 29 people dead.  For the trauma therapist and peacemaking teacher — and now, the new executive director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee — the […]

Will Marsy’s Law founder’s legal troubles harm the Wisconsin referendum?

BY: and - August 2, 2019

Wisconsin is eight months away from an April 2020 statewide referendum asking if voters want to amend the state constitution to include Marsy’s Law, a crime victim rights bill. In May, the state Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly voted to send Marsy’s Law to the ballot on a bipartisan vote. Marsy’s Law for All is a […]

Wisconsin: First to kill the death penalty

BY: - August 1, 2019

Attorney General William Barr announced last week that the federal government will begin executing prisoners in December after a 16-year hiatus. President Donald Trump, a longtime supporter of capital punishment, has called for its expansion to punish certain drug crimes and his Supreme Court appointments have moved the court to the right on this issue.  […]

Justice Abrahamson’s last day at work

BY: - July 31, 2019

Today is the last day on the Wisconsin Supreme Court for Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the longest-serving justice in state history and a pathbreaker who opened the way for women in the legal profession. At a farewell ceremony on June 18, former Gov. Jim Doyle remembered when his father first hired Justice Abrahamson, the former chief […]

Sen. Darling blames Milwaukee

BY: - July 29, 2019

While Republicans organized in the legislature to make cuts to Milwaukee’s share of the state budget, Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) focused on child welfare. Darling stated during a Joint Finance Committee hearing that improving child care in Milwaukee “can’t happen at the state level.”  “We need to get the community to care about these […]

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Legislators urge new approach to Milwaukee after bruising budget fight

BY: - July 26, 2019

The budget battle is over, but Milwaukee representatives are still struggling with the repercussions of a fight in which Republicans made a point of cutting state money flowing into Milwaukee. “It’s not a new battle,” says Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), “and it’s not uncommon.” Goyke told the Wisconsin Examiner he felt that Milwaukee was a […]