Supreme Court case slowly impacting certain violent offenders

In June, the United States Supreme Court held that juveniles who committed murder while under the age of 18 cannot be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. However, the Court’s holding did not make clear whether this mandate should be applied retroactively or whether it should apply only in future cases. As […]

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It is time to revisit juvenile incarceration issues

Accountability is an important concept for kids to learn. From the time that children are very small, they learn every day that their actions have consequences. The extent to which children may be held accountable for their actions, though, depends on the situation. For instance, if a 2-year-old flushes keys down the toilet, he will […]

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Should ‘Romeos’ be treated less like rapists?: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about statutory rape charges brought against teenagers who have committed sexual acts with other allegedly consenting teenagers. Consent is a very tricky issue when paired with the concepts of age, maturity and responsibility for committing sex crimes. Some individuals mature far slower than others and states across the […]

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Should ‘Romeos’ be treated less like rapists?: Part I

Sexual acts committed by minors (and near-minors) with other minors can be complicated business. Statutory rape provisions in Wisconsin state law and state laws throughout the nation allow minors and very young adults to be prosecuted as statutory rapists, even if their alleged sex crimes were committed with a consensual partner of nearly the same […]

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Expanded DNA collection of Wisconsin arrestees proposed

Currently in Wisconsin, certain individuals are required to submit DNA samples to law enforcement for cataloging. However, under a proposal submitted by the state’s Department of Justice, DNA samples would not only be required from individuals convicted of felony charges, but also from those convicted of many kinds of misdemeanors. The justification for the collection […]

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Athletes in trouble: the continuing debate about pro sports and DUI

Now that football season is finally here, a lot of Waukesha residents never miss an opportunity to watch the Packers play. Wisconsin residents arguably have more loyalty and devotion to the Packers than other states have for their respective home teams. Perhaps this is one reason why the Packers players largely tend to keep out […]

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Wisconsin arrests for marijuana double Minnesota’s: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about one very distinct difference between Wisconsin and Minnesota. Even though both states have similar population demographics, geography and size, each addresses a specific drug issue very differently. Though each state’s law enforcement treats every other kind of drug issue with striking similarity, Wisconsin arrests more than twice […]

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Wisconsin arrests for marijuana double Minnesota’s: Part I

Wisconsin’s neighbor to the west is similar in population size, political, social, and educational demographics and geography. Yet, law enforcement officers in Minnesota arrest half as many individuals for marijuana possession each year as those in Wisconsin. This simple reality raises two important questions: why does Wisconsin focus so much more on marijuana possession arrests […]

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