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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.

Some inmates prefer to be imprisoned

One of my segments discussed while filling in for Mark Belling on Newstalk 1130 WISN last Friday was a Democrat bill to reduce the number of meals served in our state prisons from three to two.  During the discussion, I noted that some inmates will actually concede that they want to be in prison for what they perceive to be amenities, and when released, will commit a crime so as to get tossed back into the system where they have a bed, a roof, three meals, recreation, a law library, etc. A woman who feeds inmates at a facility called in to verify.

Serve time, be rehabilitated, obtain release, and become a contributing member of society? That is not the goal for every prisoner.

Consider this from the Fond du Lac Reporter:

“Some drug addicts are opting for jail time instead of battling their demons, says a local judge.

Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge  Peter Grimm recently issued a press release expressing concern about the  number of drug cases appearing in court and the need for friends and family to help  address the problem.

If a user appears in court for drug possession, judges have numerous options to try to help. In the case of a juvenile, probation can be forced upon them, allowing for an agent to oversee their progress in bucking the habit.

‘In adult court, the defendants can actually decline probation, which we are seeing more of,’ Grimm said. ‘That’s concerning for me. By law, I cannot impose it (probation). I have to decide what is the amount of incarceration.

The defendants are picking time behind bars instead of treatment, urine screens and rules.”

They prefer jail time?


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