Wisconsin Sees Record Number of Incarcerated Adults
More adults are being held in
prisons than ever before. A new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum shows a
record 23,687 people were incarcerated in state prisons in 2017, which is up
2.3-percent from 2016. The report also points to a state Department of
Corrections budget request, which projects the population to grow another
5.7-percent by 2021. The report points to truth-in-sentencing laws becoming
more prevalent, along with more inmates serving time for violent crimes.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers has proposed ideas to cut the
prison population in half.