Tag Archives: Wisconsin

Wisconsin elderly inmate population growing quickly

From the article: “Longer sentences, tougher laws for OWI’s, and sexual offenses, plus the baby boom, are three big reasons why the elderly inmate population in Wisconsin is swelling out of control. But the D.O.C is involved in efforts right now to fix the problem.”

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WI: State making progress on recidivism

From the article: “…criminal justice officials say major progress is being made in cutting back on chronic offenders who make repeat trips to the state’s adult prisons. They point to findings of a recent state Department of Corrections report on recidivism as evidence that diversionary and community-based programs are making an impact.The report revealed that the rate at which prisoners are committing new crimes following their release from prison — better known as recidivism — has been steadily declining since 1993.”

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Report: Recidivism rate declining in WI

From the article: “Are the various re-entry efforts in Wisconsin working? According to a new Department of Corrections report , the answer is yes. It shows the rate at which prisoners are committing new crimes after their release from prison is on a downward trend.” Read the article here.

Taking a look at the DOC report, recidivism decreased by 28.5% in 14 years: in 1993, the recidivism rate was the highest at 45.3%, to 2007, when it was 32.4%.  Access the report here.

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Inmate charged after exposing guards to AIDS virus

“According to the criminal complaint, June 23, Czapiewski cut himself with a razor before flushing it down the toilet. Corrections officers asked Czapiewski to show them his cuts and he refused.

The officers placed restraints on Czapiewski and opened the cell door to examine the cuts. According to the complaint Czapiewski spit, hitting both of them in the faces, before telling them that he had cuts in his mouth so that he could give them his AIDS.”

Read more: http://www.wiscnews.com/bdc/news/local/article_fdc77eaa-ed9a-11e1-9954-0019bb2963f4.html

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Prison assaults on staff up, but poor data clouds extent

“Inmate assaults on prison staff appear to be up significantly, but the nature and extent of the increase is unknown because of poor information gathering at state institutions, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

The agency is aware of 84 assaults in the first four months of this year – up from a known 55 assaults in the first four months of 2011 and a known 58 assaults in the first four months of 2010. Some recent assaults are serious, including one where an inmate charged at and struck a staff member with a makeshift weapon.”

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/prison-assaults-up-but-inconsistent-reporting-clouds-extent-6g6c0vm-165019676.html

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Conviction Upheld in Inmate Sex Case

“A Fond du Lac nurse who was convicted last April of having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution has lost her appeal.  46 year old Laurie Blum was tried in Sheboygan County Court, was found guilty by Judge Timothy Van Akkeren, was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to do 40 hours of community service.  Blum admitted to engaging in sexual activity at the prison unit six different times.  She appealed on grounds that her mental state at the time made her incapable of giving consent, making the inmate subject to prosecution for sexual assault.  She also argued that, as a nurse, she had no authority over the inmate and, therefore, the law criminalizing sexual activity between staff and inmates is unconstitutional in her case.  The Appeals Court today disagreed on all counts and affirmed Van Akkeren’s conviction.”

From: http://whbl.com/news/articles/2012/aug/01/conviction-upheld-in-inmate-sex-case/

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