19 Aug 2021

The First Step Act

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The First Step Act was passed in 2018. The act required that the federal prison system provide wider access to medications for individuals suffering from opioid addiction. The goal was to salvage lives, as the weeks following release are “a particularly vulnerable time for formerly incarcerated people”.

However, only a small fraction of prisons are receiving these medications. Wisconsin in particular, solely receives Vivitrol, an opioid blocker.

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11 Aug 2021

Wisconsin Criminal Justice System

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According to a new report by Movement Advancement Project, laws that address bias-motivated crimes prove inconsistent across the country. According to the following article, “Wisconsin is one of about half of all states that don’t require hate crime reporting by law enforcement, as well as one of about two-thirds nationwide that doesn’t legally require office hate crime training.”

Within the Wisconsin criminal justice system, many flaws exist when it comes to data collection and reporting of bias-motivated violence.

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3 Aug 2021

Overcrowding in Wisconsin Prisons

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, an overcrowding issue existed in Wisconsin prisons. However, the pandemic exacerbated this issue.

According to the Department of Corrections, “one out of every two inmates in Wisconsin’s prisons have tested positive for the virus, a rate four times higher than the state’s general population”.

Additionally, with the backlog of court cases caused by the pandemic, those awaiting trial have stayed in county jails that were not equipped for long term stays.

Chief Deputy Chad Billeb states, “Pandemic or no pandemic, if we can’t get a handle on the massive backlog in the court system if something doesn’t move, we’re going to need a 1,000-bed jail”.

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28 Jul 2021

Controlled Substances Act

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has unveiled a draft proposal for having cannabis removed from the federal Controlled Substances Act. This would avoid the impact of federal laws on local state laws that have legalized the drug.

The discussion draft also includes the initiative to resentence and expunge non-violent marijuana convictions. The revenue from a new federal tax on cannabis would be used to help those who have been heavily impacted by marijuana laws. It would “pay for job training and reentry programs”.

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