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Evers, Democrats push bills to reduce prison population

Gov. Tony Evers and his fellow Democratic lawmakers have introduced a series of proposals designed to reduce overcrowded prisons, but without support from Republican leaders they are unlikely to gain momentum in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

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Assembly to back borrowing $350M for new prison

The Wisconsin Assembly plans to approve the hiring of additional prosecutors and the borrowing of $350 million to build a new adult prison to help ease overcrowding as part of a flurry of anti-crime bills scheduled for votes this week.

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Walker signs bill doing away with early release (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that ends an early prison release program put in place by Democrats two years ago. Walker signed the bill Tuesday at the Wisconsin State Patrol’s Eau Claire office. Repealing the program passed the Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year with bipartisan support. Former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle proposed the ...

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Lawmakers debate end to early prison release

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State lawmakers are debating a Republican bill to end former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s early prison release program. The Assembly is considering the measure. The Senate passed it last month. Doyle introduced early release in his last state budget. The program allows well-behaved inmates to move onto extended supervision sooner as a means of alleviating prison ...

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Inmate sues after gruesome tries at sex change

DENA POTTER Associated Press DILLWYN, Va. (AP) — Crouched in her cell, Ophelia De’lonta hoped three green disposable razors from the prison commissary would give her what the Virginia Department of Corrections will not — a sex change. It had been several years since she had felt the urges, but she had been fighting them for weeks. But like ...

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DA: Plan lowers prison costs, improves safety

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County prosecutor says there are ways for state lawmakers to improve the criminal-justice system while still saving money. District attorney John Chisholm said he has a plan that will bring down prison costs and also ensure the county remains safe. In a speech Friday, Chisholm suggested that sentencing guidelines be loosened to give judges more ...

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