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DAs asking for more prosecutors

District attorneys around the state are asking the governor and state Legislature to add more prosecutor positions.

According to budget documents filed on Monday, the state Prosecutor Board is calling for the addition of about 120 full-time prosecutor positions. Fulfilling the request would cost about $18.4 million. Of the state’s 71 district attorney’s offices, 44 have requested those prosecutor positions, including:

• Dane County, which has asked for positions for 12 prosecutors
• Outagamie County, which is seeking eight prosecutors
• Brown County, seeking eight prosecutors
• Waukesha County, seeking positions for 8.75 prosecutors
• Marathon County, which is seeking six prosecutors
• Racine County, which is seeking seven prosecutors

Eleven DAs offices are also asking for additional money to turn some part-time assistant district-attorney positions into full-time positions, while two are asking for permission to increase the hours some part-time assistant DAs work. It would cost the state about $1 million over two years.

The requests are just a starting point in the state’s budget process. Gov. Scott Walker will review the requests and release his own budget proposal early next year. The proposal will then move on to the state Legislature.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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