Editorial: Corrections reform takes one step forward, one step back
MADISON, Wis. — Reforming our criminal justice system is tough.
Sometimes we make it tougher than it needs to be. But there are values and emotions involved. There’s money involved. And there’s political will involved.
This week it feels like we took one step forward and one step back. On the plus side Gov. Tony Evers recreated the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission. The appointees are good people who will look at both system-based reforms and front-end reforms to keep kids from entering the juvenile justice system to begin with.
But we also got word that the Wisconsin Department of Justice was cutting funds for the Dane County District Attorney’s Office’s Crime Response Program. This is a major blow to services at the other end of the justice system, victim support. We hope DOJ gives serious consideration to the DA Office’s appeal. We need a system that works for everybody.
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