Advocates, Families Address Lawmakers

Advocates, Families Address Lawmakers

Advocates and the families of people in Wisconsin’s prisons addressed lawmakers yesterday and asked for accountability and outside oversight.

Lawmakers listened to hours of testimony yesterday as part of their effort to get answers about the problems inside Wisconsin’s prisons. One group of advocates suggested a Minnesota-style ombudsman program that can both hold guards and wardens accountable, and be a place for inmates and their families to go with complaints. Prison officials say the problems continue to lie with a years-long staffing shortage. On the political side, Republican state Rep. Janel Brandtjen said the problem lies with Governor Tony Evers and his lack of oversight and management inside his own administration.

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