Wisconsin A.G. Schimel visits Sparta, comments on record high prison population

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s campaign trail found him in Sparta for Halloween.

Schimel rallied republican voters for the final week before election day, along with the Monroe County GOP. He also helped the County’s office hand out candy to kids and their families.

The same day as Schimel’s stop, a new report shows Wisconsin prison populations reached a record high last year.

About 24,000 people were incarcerated in state prisons last year, up 2.3-percent from 2016. The report also notes the state’s Department of Corrections’ next budget request estimates the population will continue to grow by nearly 6-percent over the next 3 years.

During his stop in Sparta, Schimel says he believes the increase is only temporary.

“I’ve got 2 gun prosecutors that are locking up gun offenders from Milwaukee County from the Department of Justice, but that’s going to make the community safer. And long-term I think that will result in a lower prison population because less kids will be dragged into gangs and other misbehavior on the streets,” said Schimel.

Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections is asking for an additional $149-million to handle that increase.

The fall election is Novemer 6. Wisconsin voters can find their polling location and a mock ballot at the state’s My Vote website.

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