Criminal justice interests band together to push $70 million budget package

Criminal justice interests are banding together for the first time to push a $70 million package that would add assistant DAs, create new positions in the state crime lab and boost the reimbursement rate for private attorneys who serve as public defenders.
Much of what the coalition is seeking was detailed in budget requests submitted to the Walker administration.
But the Department of Justice, court system, public defenders, DAs and assistant DAs plan a unique pitch for the package. Typically, the guv and Joint Finance Committee consider agency budgets separately. But coalition members want t...

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