Budget committee puts $34.4 million more into corrections as Dems decry lack of reforms

The Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines this afternoon to put an additional $34.4 million into the Department of Corrections and Juvenile Justice, much of it to help cover overtime for prison guards.
But Dems knocked the motion for not embracing the guv’s call for measures meant to reduce the prison population such as expanding the state’s earned release program.
Rep. Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, bemoaned that Wisconsin is one of the few states that puts 17-year-olds into the adult prison system and challenged his GOP colleagues to embrace reforms that would drive down the number of in...

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