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Aug 22, 2018 | Press Release

Wisconsinites Deserve to Know if Two-Faced Tammy Stands with Tony Evers on Releasing Criminals into Communities

Brookfield, Wis. – With Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers promising to put violent criminals back on our streets, Wisconsinites ought to know where Two-Faced Tammy Baldwin stands on this specific issue. In the past, Baldwin voted against building a new prison for Wisconsin criminals.

“As a state legislator, Two-Faced Tammy voted against building new prisons, saying money should be spent elsewhere. Her radical position falls in line with Tony Evers, who she calls a ‘champion for children,’ and his dangerous proposal to prematurely release repeat violent criminals,”said Leah Vukmir campaign manager Jess Ward. “From hanging out in New York with the abolish ICE crowd, voting to reallocate money away from keeping felons out of our communities, Wisconsin families can’t trust Tammy Baldwin to protect them.”

BACKGROUND…

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers thinks Wisconsin spends too much money on corrections and wants to release prisoners. “State Schools Superintendent Tony Evers said Wisconsin needs to follow the example of states like Texas that have cut parole revocations and expanded drug courts. He said he would consider releasing some inmates early; providing more drug treatment behind bars; treating 17-year-olds as juveniles instead of adults for criminal charges; and overhauling truth-in-sentencing so prisoners could be released for good behavior. ‘The fact that we as a state spend more on corrections than (the University of Wisconsin) System tells me the last thing we need is to build a brand-new prison,’ he said in an emailed statement. He said he opposes holding inmates in private prisons and supports closing the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility ‘as soon as possible.’” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 07/05/18)

On Tuesday, Tammy Baldwin has sent out a fundraising email praising Tony Evers for being a “rock solid progressive” and a “champion for children.” (Scott Bauer’s Twitter, 8/21/18)

In 1994, Baldwin opposed Governor Thompson’s proposal to construct a new supermax prison, because she thought “taxpayer money would be better spent exclusively on alternatives to prison.” “However, Madison Democrat Rep. Tammy Baldwin, chairwoman of the Assembly committee that oversees prisons, said taxpayer money would be better spent exclusively on alternatives to prison.” (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/6/94)

Baldwin admitted a new prison could relieve overcrowding but said it was “premature to site and fund a new prison.” “‘I think it’s premature to site and fund a new prison,’ said Baldwin, who nevertheless acknowledged that a new prison might relieve current overcrowding.” (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/6/94)

Leah Vukmir is a nurse, military mom and the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate who is running to bring the Wisconsin Way to Washington. She currently serves as a state senator from Brookfield.

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