Kaul introduces $115M legislative package to reduce crime

Josh Kaul

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s attorney general announced a multi-million dollar legislative package Monday meant to provide communities with resources to reduce crime.

Attorney General Josh Kaul’s proposal includes changes to the state’s gun laws, expanded programs for substance use and mental health crises, increased funding for law enforcement training, victim services and re-entry programs.

“We must take swift, concrete action to reduce crime and strengthen communities,” Kaul said. “By fighting gun violence and other violent crime, bolstering our efforts to address the opioid epidemic, and investing in our communities rather than starving them of resources, we can make all of Wisconsin safer.”

According to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the package would allow judges to issue extreme risk protection orders for people “who’ve been shown to be dangerous.” Expanded background checks, prohibition of ghost guns, and increased felony classifications for repeat felon-in-possession offenders were also included in the proposal.

The proposals would also make changes to ensure sexual assault kits get submitted to the state crime labs, create a hate crime hotline, create a grant program to support officer recruitment and retention programs, and more.

DOJ officials said the $115 million package would be paid for by using money from the state’s surplus.

The full proposal is available to read online.