WEST ALLIS, Wisc. – Today, Wisconsin businessman, veteran, and outsider Tim Michels is unveiling his second Michels Blueprint, focusing on Public Safety. His “Back The Blue-print” sets an ambitious goal to increase support for our police officers, prevent defunding the police. and prosecute riot organizers to better ensure that every Wisconsin neighborhood is safe.
“Wisconsin is on the wrong track and I will work with any willing partners to fix the mess created by generations of politicians who have accepted no for an answer,” said Michels. “Public safety is yet another area where Governor Evers has failed miserably. Criminals are abusing the system and this governor sits idly by as weak prosecutors and liberal judges make a mockery of the hard work done by local law enforcement across the state.”
Among the key points of the Michels Public Safety Blueprint:
- Fire Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm on Day One
- Incentivize the hiring of more police officers, particularly in our most dangerous neighborhoods
- Create new mandatory minimum penalties for felons possessing guns
- Beef up the court system to allow for speedier trials
- Create a RICO-like provision to investigate and prosecute riot organizers
- Expose weak prosecutors and judges through greater access to public information
- Impose state aid reduction for those who attempt to ‘defund the police’
- Allow judges to consider multiple factors when setting bail
- Replace the aging Green Bay prison with a larger, modern facility
The system is broken. The criminals are abusing it. Woke prosecutors are timid. Liberal judges go unnoticed.
- Remove District Attorneys, who through their actions or inaction, create a dangerous situation in their community, beginning with Milwaukee County’s John Chisholm on Day One.
- Encourage more cops on the street to address rising crime. Goal of 50% more police in our most dangerous neighborhoods in one year.
- Get tough on “defund the police” by imposing a 1.5x state aid penalty for communities pursuing those actions.
- Enact a mandatory two-year minimum prison sentence for felons convicted of gun possession. Eliminate the ability of this charge to be dropped.
- Support the Constitutional Amendment to allow judges to consider a variety of factors when setting bail, including the severity of the alleged crime.
- Expose weak judges and prosecutors by establishing a public facing, user-friendly web based portal that collects and publishes, in an easily understandable format, data on bail and sentencing recommendations and compares them to the minimum and maximum allowable statutory bail and sentencing penalties for all District Attorneys and Judges.
- Add more criminal courts, Assistant District Attorneys, and Public Defenders in targeted areas to speed up criminal trials. Have some additional courts be mobile to travel to “hot spots.”
- Increase compensation for medical examiners to eliminate the shortage.
- Eliminate backlogs on forensic lab testing and results. Under Attorney General Kaul, the number of tests requested is down by more than 30%, yet processing time for DNA testing is now at 115 days – more than double under Attorney General Schimel. Testing should not take more than 50 days.
- Incentivize the WTCS system, UW and private universities to expand law enforcement training and graduate more students.
Mass Lawlessness and Riots
A Kenosha-type situation should never happen again. And any attempt to organize violent mob actions will be dealt with far more harshly.
- Destroy the protection of the “anonymity of the mob” in riots by creating a special counsel with authorization to bring personal civil actions against all who have participated in mob or riot activity to collect all losses caused by the activity. Losses include any property damage and lost business income. Too often local DAs and Judges fear the crowd and refuse to prosecute violent actions and property damage.
- For those organizing and leading such violence, proceed under organized crime provisions, and as necessary, create a RICO-like state provision to clear any barriers. Place all proceeds from such action in a fund for restoration of businesses damaged by any mob activity.
- Create a special prosecution task force – made up of Wisconsin’s most aggressive prosecutors – to step in with a prosecutorial surge in instances of mob violence, empowered to act in conjunction with the County DA, or independently where necessary.
- While the above would act as a powerful deterrent, in the event of threats of future mob and riotous behavior, by Executive Order, direct the Adjutant General to create a quick reaction task force within the National Guard specifically trained to overwhelm an out-of-control urban area and immediately restore order. Pursuant the Executive Order, the Governor will order forward deployments on credible evidence of any such pending activity, and work with local law enforcement leadership to restore order. The Guard troops will remain on-site until local law enforcement believes the threat has been eliminated. The Governor shall remain in Wisconsin at any time the quick reaction force has been forward deployed.
“There are some things, like firing Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, that I will do on Day One, but it is going to take a broad coalition to make this Blueprint a reality,” said Michels. “I’m not beholden to any PAC or lobbyist or interest group. and I will usher in these bold changes as soon as possible because every Wisconsin neighborhood should be safe. No matter the color of your skin or the size of the house you live in, your neighborhood should be safe”
Replace and Expand Green Bay Correctional Institution
Green Bay Correctional Institute is older than Alcatraz. It was built in 1897 with most expansion occurring before WWII. It is a maximum-security prison designed to house 800 prisoners, but today has more than 1,000. The Village of Allouez could reuse the 29-acre parcel for commercial and residential development – putting it back on the local tax rolls.
Researchers at St. Norbert College estimate the parcel could produce $138.5 million in revenue and create 1,400 new jobs. The new prison would be within 30 miles of the existing prison and be larger to accommodate up to 1,500 violent criminals.
About Tim Michels:
Tim Michels is a conservative businessman and veteran, running for Governor of Wisconsin. Tim is a proven leader from outside the political establishment who is poised to clean up the mess in Madison and get things headed in the right direction. After serving in the Army for 12 years, Michels worked with his brothers to run Michels Corporation, which in the last 25 years has grown from a few hundred employees to a nationally-admired, multi-faceted construction company with more than 8,000 employees.
For more information about Tim and his campaign, please visit www.michelsforgovernor.