Community Supervision in Wisconsin

Thomas Lyons | June 11, 2019
Tom Lyons, Right on Crime’s state director for Wisconsin, provides a policy brief of the state’s community supervision apparatus and discusses some of its challenges – including the higher-than-average…

Community Supervision in Wisconsin

Thomas Lyons | June 3, 2019
Right on Crime Wisconsin State Director, Thomas Lyons, discusses the current state of community corrections in Wisconsin. While the use of community supervision is a positive criminal justice tactic,…

Second Chances in Minnesota

Thomas Lyons | April 23, 2019
Recently, I had the privilege of travelling to the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Shakopee.  The facility is the only prison in Minnesota used for women.  Located a little bit…

New Report Highlights Wisconsin’s Unsuccessful Community Supervision

Thomas Lyons | February 28, 2019
Recently, a new report was released by Columbia University’s Justice Lab that examines how Wisconsin’s approach to community supervision is different from other states—with the result being a more expensive…

When Mental Health Problems Become Criminal

Thomas Lyons | November 7, 2018
Recently, the leaders of the criminal justice system in La Crosse County got together to discuss the impact of untreated mental health on the local court system.  Startled by…

The conservative voice for criminal justice reform grows

Thomas Lyons | September 24, 2018
Like too many states, Wisconsin is facing a dual problem of overcrowded and aging correctional institutions combined with a failing prison system.  The issue has made many headlines over…

Vocational training programs can fill labor gaps

Thomas Lyons | August 9, 2018
Wisconsin is confronting a skilled labor shortage and a state prison system operating above capacity.  Neither of these problems have popped up overnight.  The causes of these two phenomena…

Fines meant to help enforce laws hits low-income workers the hardest

Thomas Lyons | July 24, 2018
This article by Tom Lyons originally appeared in The Daily Caller July 24, 2018. Most people agree that paying a fine is a preferable punishment compared to incarceration or…

Wisconsin enacts asset forfeiture reform

Thomas Lyons | April 30, 2018
Governor Walker signed into law a large overhaul of the state’s use of civil asset forfeiture.  The overall effect of Act 211 is a greater protection for individual property…

Dismissed cases should not be on your record forever

Thomas Lyons | March 14, 2018
Let’s say twenty five years ago, you and your freshman college roommate are riding in his car when an officer decides to stop the vehicle.  The officer discovers a…

Wisconsin Conservatives Work for Fair Employment

Thomas Lyons | February 19, 2018
Wisconsin’s Legislature is fast tracking legislation that reforms how regulatory agencies treat criminal convictions when applying for an occupational licenses.  I wrote previously about the many benefits of a good…

The Solution to Pre-Trial Release: More Information, Please

Thomas Lyons | January 31, 2018
Determining bond and conditions of pre-trial release is a relatively simple, straightforward process in Wisconsin.  After arrest and a short meeting with an attorney, a magistrate will determine bail. …
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