MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nearly 54 additional prosecutors would be hired statewide under a Republican-backed proposal designed to address a shortfall of staff in Wisconsin district attorneys’ offices.
The idea put forward Wednesday is one of several tough-on-crime bills the Assembly is taking up as it races to complete its work for the session.
Under the plan, the additional prosecutors would go to the 40 most high-need counties as identified in a 2014 study. No counties would get more than two additional prosecutors.
The nearly $4 million cost would be pushed off to the next budget, with the hiring to take place after July 2019.
Other anti-crime bills up for a vote toughen penalties for car jackers, repeat offenders of serious crimes and for illegally possessing a gun while on probation.