Public Hearing on the Joint Committee on Finance - Justice Initiatives - Eau Claire

Event Dates: 


Upcoming Joint Committee on Finance Public Hearings


The Joint Committee on Finance will hold public hearings during the week of March 30, 2009, on the Governor's 2009-11 Biennial Budget Bill – Assembly Bill 75 – according to the following schedule:


Friday, March 27 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)


University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Haas Fine Arts Center

Gantner Concert Hall

121 Water Street

Eau Claire, WI 54703




Doyle's Budget Proposal

Justice Initiatives in brief (2009)


Justice Initiatives

Ensure wise allocation of taxpayer resources and the highest levels of public

 safety through better use of data, new measures to reduce recidivism and

 streamlined sentence review processes:



l        Transfer to the Division of Hearing and Appeals the authority to determine

l the length of reconfinement for revocation from extended supervision, not to

l exceed the time remaining on the bifurcated sentence.



l        Allow the secretary of the Department of Corrections to release to extended

l supervision persons serving the confinement portion of a bifurcated sentence

l who are within 12 months of release to extended supervision and meet

l certain eligibility criteria.



l        Transfer from the sentencing court to the secretary of the Department of

l Corrections the authority to review petitions and release terminally ill inmates

l to extended supervision so long as the public safety is maintained.



l        Rename the Parole Commission as the Earned Release Review Commission

l and expand its duties to include sentence adjustment for Class C to I felonies

l for both the confinement and extended supervision portions of a sentence.



l        Expand the Earned Release Program and the Challenge Incarceration

l Program to include inmates with programming needs other than substance

l abuse, to allow the inmates deemed eligible at sentencing to earn early

l release by fulfilling certain requirements while in prison.



l        Eliminate community supervision of certain low-risk misdemeanor

l probationers, as determined by the offense and a risk assessment performed

l by the Department of Corrections.



l        Provide $6.5 million and 18.00 FTE positions to improve offender reentry into

l the community by providing tools for offender risk assessment, to better

l manage purchase of services dollars, research and measure programs, and

l maintain dual-diagnosis rehabilitation programming.



l        Expand eligibility for record expungement to include individuals up to

l 25 years of age, and to include nonviolent Class H to I felonies, allowing

l more young people to learn from their mistakes and start a new life with a

l clean slate.



l        Decriminalize motor vehicle operation after suspension or revocation, unless the

l underlying reason for the revocation was related to alcohol or other drugs, to

l reduce the number of cases in which a public defender must be appointed, and

l to facilitate restoration of driving privileges when appropriate.



l        Provide $1,420,400 GPR and 25.75 FTE positions in fiscal year 2009-10 and

l $1,927,200 GPR and 40.80 FTE positions in fiscal year 2010-11 to meet

l federally-mandated mental health services requirements at Taycheedah

l Correctional Institution.



l        Provide $881,500 GPR and 15.10 FTE positions in fiscal year 2010-11 to fund

l security staff at a newly created female mental health unit at the Wisconsin

l Resource Center.



To find out more about action to take and questions to ask, contact - WNPJ's contact for WI Books to Prisoners Project.