In January 2009, the Wisconsin Legislative Council established the Special Committee on Justice Reinvestment Oversight, a bipartisan, bicameral, and inter-branch advisory group. Working with research and analysis produced by experts from the Pew Public Safety Initiative, the Special Committee forwarded recommendations to the Wisconsin legislature.
Within a few months, lawmakers passed, and then-Gov. James Doyle signed into law, reforms designed to control incarceration and save taxpayer money without increasing public risk. Key provisions permitted reductions in time served . . .
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