Assembly sends bill recommending revoking parole if charged with crime to governor

The Wisconsin Assembly sent a bill that would recommend revocation for those charged of a crime while on parole, probation or extended supervised release to Gov. Tony Ever’s desk Thursday.

The Assembly originally passed the bill last week, but it had to approve an amendment that passed the Senate on Wednesday. The amendment removed an amendment to the bill passed in the Assembly that would change “crime” to “felony or violent misdemeanor.” The Assembly amendment also would have allowed for the person to be put back on parole, probation or extended supervised release if found not guilty.

The Assembly passed the bill with canceling out amendments 59-40.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated the bill would increase operational costs at the Department of Corrections $54,706,300 the first year and $156,475,000 every year thereafter.

Rep. Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, was a vocal opponent of the measure. He explained the bill does not violate the 14th Amendment, which guarantees due process, because those on probation, parole or extended supervised release do not have their rights reinstated until after they have served their complete sentence – including parole.

The bill is part of a “Tougher on Crime” package, authored in part by Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin.

“As the debate moves forward on criminal justice reform, it is essential that we remember crime victims and put public safety for families and neighborhoods in the discussion, and we don’t just focus on the cost of incarceration and the rights for criminals,” Sanfelippo said Thursday.