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    Second Chance Bill Hearing Scheduled for Thursday

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    Madison, WI –
    The Assembly Committee on Corrections will hold a public hearing on the Second Chance Bill (Assembly Bill 387/Senate Bill 308) at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 in State Capitol Room 412 East.

    The Second Chance Bill would return first-time, nonviolent 17-year-old offenders to juvenile court jurisdiction. The legislation, which has 54 legislative co-sponsors, would reverse portions of current law enacted in 1996.

    Andrea GageFor more information contact Attorney Andrea Gage, public relations coordinator, State Bar of Wisconsin. She can be reached at org agage wisbar wisbar agage org, or by phone at (608) 250-6025.

    State Bar President Patrick J. Fiedler, who previously served as a Dane County judge and the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, will be testifying in favor of the bill.

    “The vast majority of arrests of 17-year-olds are for relatively minor, non-violent offenses, and this bill provides a way to hold these youth accountable for their actions while giving them a second chance to grow into responsible adults,” Fiedler said.

    Supporters of the Second Chance Bill include the conservative Right on Crime, a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation; the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families; the State Public Defender; the Wisconsin Council of Churches; Disability Rights Wisconsin; WISDOM; the Wisconsin Catholic Conference; the Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies; Wisconsin Family Ties; A Helping Heart; the National Association of Social Workers—WI Chapter; and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.


    State Bar President Patrick J. Fiedler

    Members of the 2nd Chance Alliance


    Assembly Committee on Corrections Public Hearing


    10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3


    State Capitol Room 412 East