Thursday, June 6, 2013

Republicans' 2013-15 State Budget PolicyFest, Part 2: Allowing Private Bail Bonds

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?
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

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