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EVERS DRUG STATEMENT GOES UP IN SMOKE

EVERS DRUG STATEMENT GOES UP IN SMOKE

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is accepting responsibility for a false statement he made earlier in the week.  Yesterday, Evers’ staff admitted that the Governor made a mistake in his remarks when promoting his broad marijuana plan.  In a statement and a tweet, Evers incorrectly said “drug related crimes account for as many as 75-85 percent of all inmates of our prisons.” 

Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said that stat is wrong and it was pulled from a 2013 WUWM radio article which talks about Wisconsin’s black male incarceration rate.  A study conducted by the Department of Corrections found that marijuana-related prison admissions between 2000 and 2016 accounted for anywhere from five-point-nine to eight-point-five-percent of total prison admissions in the state. 

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