Bail bondsmen, Lake Michigan among special-interest items in budget plan. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/5/2013)
Excerpt [with emphasis aded]: Wednesday's package would create a bail bond system in Wisconsin for the first time in more than three decades. Five counties — Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha and Dane — would be part of a five-year pilot program for the system, with reports on the outcomes in those counties required. In 2018, the system would automatically expand statewide.
A "pilot program" is considered a test or a trial, something to be evaluated after a set period of time. I guess the results are already in.
Who's for it?
- Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee
- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (nutburger; either/or, I suppose)
Who's against it?
- From J-S article: Allowing private bail bonds has received near-uniform opposition from Wisconsin's judges, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies."
- Jefferson County Circuit Judge Randy Koschnick, the chief judge of the 3rd Judicial Administrative District, a conservative who ran against Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson in 2009
- Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association
- Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn