GOP Introduces Bill To End Early Release
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's criminal justice committees are set to take public comments on a Republican bill that would all but end early release for prisoners.
Democrats inserted provisions in state law two years ago that allowed prisoners to move onto extended supervision sooner for good behavior as a means of alleviating prison crowding. The bill would wipe out almost all of those measures.
The bill largely duplicates a proposal in GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget plan. But a spokesman for the bill's chief author, Rep. Scott Suder, says Suder has been opposed to early release since it was introduced and doesn't want to wait for the budget to scale it back.
The committees are scheduled to hold a joint public hearing on the bill on Thursday.
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