With very little notice, the State Assembly announced a hearing for tomorrow, Thursday, to consider the so-called "Tougher on Crime" bills that were introduced recently. Collectively, these bills would be a huge step backward for Wisconsin.
For those who are available, please show up at this hearing. Even if you cannot stay or do not wish to speak, you can register as being against the bills. If you cannot come to the hearing itself, there are other ways to let your views be known (see below). It is important for legislators to know that, not only are these measures not sensible, they are also not popular: the days of blind "tough on crime" policies being good politics are over.
Thursday (January 30)
State Capitol, Room 412 East
There are nine bills being proposed. Some are pretty minor matters, and some are mostly symbolic, as they wouldn't really change anything.
Some with them are truly dangerous:
These bills would not make us safer; as a matter of fact, there is evidence that we are LESS safe when we incarcerate more people than necessary. And, they would cost us a fortune.
If you can make it to Madison on Thursday, we need to let our legislators know we oppose these measures. If you can't make it, you can contact members of the committee by e-mail or phone, to let them know your thoughts. Their contact info is HERE.
You might also want to contact your own Assembly representative. To find your Legislator, CLICK HERE and go to "Who Are my Legislators?"
I am grateful that so many of you went to the Capitol today for the Lobby Day. Between these two days, I hope the message is heard that Wisconsin is NOT wanting to double down on the failed "tough on crime" policies that have already done so much damage.
David Liners, Director