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Wisconsin Pays Millions For Longer Jail Terms Under
"Truth-in-sentencing"

The "truth-in-sentencing" law designed to make prison
sentences more
predictable are also increasing their length and their
cost to state
taxpayers. The law has already mandated longer
sentences for over 1,000
inmates, at an estimated eventual cost of $46 million
for those inmates
alone.Increasing costs and tax burden of Wisconsin's
truth-in-sentencing law
and the closing of a small private liberal arts college
in the northwestern
part of the state.
Capital Times Special Report: 'Truth' law could break
the bank"
http://www.captimes.com/news/local/24226.php
<http://www.captimes.com/news/local/24226.php>;; .
MJS article "Lawmakers at odds over prison time"
http://www.jsonline.com/news/State/apr02/33313.asp
State of Wisconsin "Criminal Penalties Study Commission
Final Report" 1999
http://www.doa.state.wi.us/criminal_penalities.pdf
Sustaining Wisconsin Briefing Paper "Crime and
Corrections in Wisconsin"
http://www.cows.org/pdf/projects/sw/sw/bp-crime-1.pdf


Next Milwaukee Leader Can Sway Criminal Justice
Issues Through Budget
http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/apr02/38221.asp
<http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/apr02/38221.asp>;;


Student Rights And Discipline-WI Federal case
School and law enforcement officials in Burlington,
Wisconsin learned that
five students were planning to enter the high school
with guns and shoot
several students and school officials. M.R. was not
criminally prosecuted
because he had withdrawn from the conspiracy. M.R. was
expelled and he filed
suit , claiming due process violations. The federal
appeals court upheld the
expulsion. Remer v. Burlington Area School
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?
court=7th&navby=case&no=012
654
<http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?
court=7th&navby=case&no=01
2654>


Survey of Women in Cook County Jail
On October 31, 2001, 60 members of the Chicago
Coalition for the Homeless
conducted in-depth, one-on-one surveys with 235 of the
1,117 women detained
in Cook County Jail. Some findings:
* The majority of women surveyed were homeless upon
entering the system and
only 8 percent report having a home to go to upon
release.
* Women surveyed were survivors of child abuse; sexual
assault and domestic
violence at two and three times the national average.
Many women have
substance abuse histories or emotional and mental
health problems, for which
they could not access treatment
* 34 percent of women surveyed were regularly involved
in prostitution
either for a survival need such as a place to stay and
a meal, or to satisfy
an untreated addiction.
* 29 percent of women said they had an application
denied or were cut-off
from government assistance in the 12 months prior to
entering jail. The most
common reason for being denied or cut-off was missing
an appointment with a
caseworker.
"Unlocking Options for Women: A Survey of Women in Cook
County Jail"
http://www.chicagohomeless.org.


Community Development Grants Available
The Allstate Foundation accepts proposals year-round
for its Safe & Vital
Communities program. The program works to foster a
feeling of belonging,
commitment, and safety in our country's communities
through creating
economically healthy and crime-free living
environments. Proposals should
focus on: catastrophe response and mitigation, school
anti-violence, and/or
revitalization of communities. The Foundation awards
more than $7 million
annually and grants range from $500 to $500,000.
http://click.topica.com/maaalouaaRXska35gG4b/
<http://click.topica.com/maaalouaaRXska35gG4b/>;;


Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Ohio Governor Opposes Drug-Reform Initiative
Ohio Gov. Bob Taft said he is against a proposed ballot
initiative that
would require judges to sentence nonviolent,
first-time drug offenders to
addiction treatment rather than prison.
http://www.jointogether.org/y/0,2521,550493,00.html?U=133607


Demand Treatment! Update
In dozens of cities and counties across the country,
people are taking
action to increase access to treatment and improve
treatment quality. This
update provides information about the fifteen Demand
Treatment! partners'
activities and achievements. They have been working to
drive up demand for
treatment through screenings, reach consumers, advocate
for treatment, end
discrimination, and improve the quality of treatment.
http://www.jointogether.org/sa/files/pdf/DTupdate.pdf
<http://www.jointogether.org/sa/files/pdf/DTupdate.pdf>;;


Gun News
Firearm Use by Offenders
Approximately 203,800 prisoners serving a sentence in a
State or Federal
prison in 1997 were armed when they comitted the crime
for which they were
serving time. This survey of prisoners in State and
Federal correctional
facilities highlights the types of firearms used, the
characteristics of the
inmates who carried firearms, the source of the gun,
and the use of the
firearm. http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/fuo.pdf


50 Things You Can Do About Guns
http://www.jointogether.org/y/0,2521,254602,00.html?U=133607
<http://www.jointogether.org/y/0,2521,254602,00.html?U=133607>;


Youth Resources: Violence, Gangs and Jobs

Research On The Causes Of Youth Violence
The Johns Hopkins University Center for the Prevention
of Youth Violence
(CPYV) recently brought its multidisciplinary research
on the causes of
youth violence and solutions to the public health
problem to the World Wide
Web. http://ww3.jhsph.edu/preventyouthviolence
<http://ww3.jhsph.edu/preventyouthviolence>;;


Workforce Programs For Young Offenders Reduce
Recidivism
A new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
documents the impressive
records
of fifteen promising juvenile justice initiatives. The
report provides
compelling evidence that greater success at
facilitating youths' economic
self-sufficiency is key to reducing recidivism.
http://click.topica.com/maaalouaaRXsha35gG4b/
<http://click.topica.com/maaalouaaRXsha35gG4b/>;;


"Early Precursors of Gang Membership: A Study of
Seattle Youth"
http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/pubs/gang.html#190106
<http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/pubs/gang.html#190106>;;


Murder-Suicide In The States
"American Roulette," a study by the Violence Policy
Center was recently
completed and released. The study, which documents six
months of
murder-suicides across nation, finds that guns are used
in 95 percent of all
murder-suicides and estimates that at least 1,300 lives
are lost each year
to murder-suicide. http://www.vpc.org
<http://www.vpc.org>;;


Author's Query-Prison/Jail Workers
Gail Coover, a researcher/writer, would like to
interview people who work in
prisons and jails in any capacity. Confidentiality is
promised, people can
talk "off the record." If you or someone you know may
be interested, email
gcoover@wccf.org <mailto:gcoover@wccf.org> , or call
608/232-1433.


WCCF Seeks Director of Programs
The WI Council on Children and Families, a non-profit,
statewide
multi-issue child advocacy organization, seeks a
self-directed and
innovative person to serve as Director of Programs,
reporting to the
Executive Director. Responsibilities include
developing and coordinating
agency programs and facilitating staff planning to
further the agency's
mission of advocating for state policies that improve
the well-being of
children, particularly those who are disadvantaged.

Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in public
policy, social work
or a related field is desirable. Minimum of 5 years
supervisory experience
preferred. Knowledge of state policy affecting children
and families,
legislative advocacy and experience with program
planning is important.
Excellent oral and written skills necessary. Salary
commensurate with
experience.
Send resume with writing sample to: Human Resources
WCCF 16 N. Carroll St.,
#600 Madison, WI 53703. WCCF is an equal opportunity
employer.


Mark Wehrly
Wisconsin Council on Children & Families
Tel. 608/284-0580 ext. 308
http://www.wccf.org/budget.html
<http://www.wccf.org/budget.html>;;