Smart Electronic Monitoring Leads to Real Savings

Thomas Lyons | August 21, 2017
When Sheriff Dave Mahoney of Dane County was first elected in 2006, he noticed a problem.  The county was paying to house inmates in other counties because of the…

Expanding Work Release Helps Everyone

Thomas Lyons | August 10, 2017
For probationers in Wisconsin, a probation hold, a decision made by a probation officer to lock up a probationer for any number of reasons, can mean the difference between…

A Felony Doesn’t Have to be Forever

Thomas Lyons | August 3, 2017
What if a felony conviction did not mean a lifetime of dealing with collateral consequences?  Senator Leah Vukmir and Representative Joe Sanfelippo are pushing legislation, Senate Bill 57 and…

Wisconsin Needs Asset Forfeiture Reporting Requirements

Thomas Lyons | July 28, 2017
Like too many states, Wisconsin’s laws regarding civil asset forfeiture lack basic due process and transparency safeguards.  Civil asset forfeiture is the practice of the state seizing items believed…

Joint Finance Committee Tackles Prisoner Treatment Options

Thomas Lyons | July 24, 2017
Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee, the group in charge of modifying Governor Walker’s budget, took decisive action towards improving treatment opportunities for prisoners. In 1999, Wisconsin implemented truth in sentencing. …

As Troubles Mount, Wisconsin Juvenile Justice System is Primed for Overhaul

Thomas Lyons | July 18, 2017
USA Today-Wisconsin affiliates reported last week the number of inmates at the state’s two juvenile prisons have declined in the last two years.  The prisons, Lincoln Hills and Copper…

Wisconsin Trying New Reentry Programs

Thomas Lyons | July 7, 2017
Finding and maintaining employment is an important part of any inmate’s reintegration to society.  A 2015 study by the Manhattan Institute found that non-violent offenders were less likely to…

Expunction Dysfunction

Thomas Lyons | July 6, 2017
Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling on a case involving expunction that inadvertently highlights a significant problem.  Expunction is a court order that seals the contents…
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