Contact: Alec Zimmerman
Getting opioids off our streets, helping keep schools safe, justice for victims of sexual assault
[Madison, WI] — Last week, Attorney General Brad Schimel was busy standing up for a safer Wisconsin. From helping get dangerous drugs off our streets, to keeping schools safe, to working towards justice for victims of sexual assault, Brad Schimel is getting things done.
Check out what they’re saying about Brad Schimel’s efforts to keep Wisconsin families safe:
On a successful Drug Take Back Day:
From Fox 11 WLUK: More than 63,000 pounds of unused medications was collected in Wisconsin during the nationwide Drug Take Back event last month. Attorney general, Brad Schimel, says Wisconsin collected more unwanted drugs on April 28 than Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa combined.
From CBS 58:Once again, Wisconsin was a national leader on Drug Take Back Day in April. Wisconsin had more law enforcement agencies participate in the biannual event than any other state in the country, and Wisconsin had the third largest collection in the nation. Only Texas and California collected more unused drugs and medications.
On helping to keep schools safe:
From the Associated Press: Attorney General Brad Schimel is awarding the first school safety grant under a law Gov. Scott Walker signed in March. Schimel announced Friday that the Kenosha Unified School District is the first grant recipient. The district will get about $888,800. The district will use the money to train staff in youth mental health, building security assessments, physical building safety upgrades such as door locks and training in how to spot threats to schools on social media.
From Fox 6 News: “We have no greater responsibility than providing safe school environments, free from violence,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “Truly today marks a huge milestone in the support of everyone coming together,” said Superintendent Dr. Sue Saviglio-Jarvis, with Kenosha Unified School District.
On standing up for victims of sexual assault:
From WJFW: Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel says the state Department of Justice is mailing the last of thousands of untested sexual assault evidence kits to private laboratories for analysis. Schimel started a project in 2016 to test thousands of sexual assault kits sitting on police and hospital shelves. The DOJ has identified 6,800 untested kits and has been working to get about 4,000 tested in hopes of developing DNA profiles.
From WKOW:In 2015, Schimel said not a single lab responded to the DOJ’s request to take on the thousands of untested kits. Eventually one did agree and then in 2018, two more private labs contracted with the state. “In order to identify this process we have to conduct and identify inventory on every kit in the state — the inventory was not just counting them,” said Schimel. “It means getting the police reports, getting all the rest of the collateral to get evidence together.”