Wisconsin task force goes undercover to target sexual predators

Although the internet plays an instrumental role in connecting people from around the world, it can also be used by offenders as a dangerous tool to facilitate sex crimes from the security of their homes. The distribution and solicitation of online child pornography has grown throughout the years. Sexual predators pose as younger adults looking […]

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Sex offender program reevaluated after class action suit

Sexual offenders in Wisconsin who are thought to suffer from mental impairment or who are deemed a threat to commit another sexually violent act may be committed indefinitely to a supervised institution upon release from prison. The sexual offender is eligible for release only when they are no longer found to be a danger to […]

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Man admits to having inappropriate encounters with a young girl

The penalties surrounding sex crimes can be far more extensive than one realizes. If convicted, one could potentially receive an extended prison sentence, as well as hefty fines. Aside from that possibility, he or she may also be required to register as a sex offender. It’s that dubious distinction that can be the hardest thing […]

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Monona man busted for both drug and child pornography possession

The issue of growing marijuana in Waukesha for medicinal purposes is a complicated one. While some may believe that has become the excuse that potential dealers fall back on when caught growing their own marijuana crops, there are many who are attempting to grow it simply for the health benefits that it supposedly provides. If […]

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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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Program aims to help offenders find a job after jail

In Wisconsin and many other states around the country, local governments are beginning to reexamine and revise their criminal sentencing and prison procedures. Faced with budget shortfalls and high rates of recidivism, states and counties are establishing alternative methods of punishment for people who are convicted of DUI, drug crimes, and other low-level, nonviolent offenses. […]

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Wisconsin teen faces prison time for contacting younger girlfriend

A recent case involving two Wisconsin teenagers has raised some controversy. It is a good example of the legal troubles that can befall two consenting teenagers in a romantic relationship as a result of strict enforcement of Wisconsin’s sex crime laws. A 19-year-old man has been in jail since September for communicating with his 17-year-old […]

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Milwaukee D.A. Wants State To Get Smart About Criminal Justice

We have written several posts about the condition of Wisconsin’s criminal justice system. There are many signs that it is working well, including the fact that Wisconsin’s prison population has been declining. But one prosecutor from Milwaukee County thinks our state system could work better, save money, and keep more people out of prison. John […]

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Wisconsin Leads By Example In Reducing Prison Crowding

Anyone following the national news lately has noticed a big problem plaguing many states: prisons are overcrowded. This is especially true in states like California that impose prison sentences for a wider variety of non-violent offenses such as drug crimes. Overcrowding in prisons leads to serious health and safety problems, and it costs taxpayers billions […]

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