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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Jim Doyle was soft on WI felons, but there's a new sheriff in town

In  August 2009, I blogged the 10 biggest Jim Doyle screw-ups.  Number Three was that he was soft on crime.

The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute conducted an independent analysis of the criminal backgrounds of the first 22 offenders released early under Doyle and reports, “The 22 inmates together have been convicted of at least 150 crimes and that, in nearly 70% of the cases, judges earlier denied their requests for early release.”

This risky provision jammed into the 2009-11 state budget by Doyle and legislative Democrats will soon be history as real truth-in-sentencing returns to Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Reporter writes, “
The day after Gov. Scott Walker signs the budget, the odds of inmates leaving prison early could be diminished...Walker wants to repeal the Doyle-backed changes and require all early-release appeals to go through a judge of the sentencing court. 
Walker’s 2011-13 executive budget recommendation says the intent ‘is to ensure public safety by eliminating early release mechanisms and restoring truth in sentencing’.”

Very wise move, Governor.

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