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Assembly approves presentence investigation report bill

A measure to allow crime victims to view portions of a defendant’s presentence investigation reports that pertain to them was passed by the Assembly on Thursday afternoon.

AB 612 would afford victims the same right that a defendant currently has: to review any information concerning themselves that the reports contain. It also states that the victim, after viewing the bill, may not keep the report and must keep the information confidential.

Rep. Pat Strachota, R-West Bend, has said she introduced the bill because victims should be able to verify that facts pertaining to them are accurately portrayed.

The bill passed out of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning, with on Democrats showing their dissent. On Thursday, the full Assembly took up the bill and passed it.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, is sponsoring the bill in the Senate. It was referred to the Senate’s Committee on Judiciary and Labor, which Grothman chairs.

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