Repeat Shoplifters Could Face Longer Jail Time

Habitual shoplifters could face longer jail sentences in Wisconsin.

Legislation now ready for Governor Tony Evers to consider would require judges impose jail time of at least 180 days, on anyone convicted of a third or subsequent shoplifting offense within five years.

The bill’s Republican authors claim it sends a needed “tough on crime” message. Opponents argued the threat of longer sentences does little to actually deter crime.

The bill passed the state Senate and Assembly this week.