On July 27, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin sent an open records request to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. It was seeking reports on the operations of the state crime lab and whether there continue to be backlogs in processing evidence. Hours after the request was filed, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced that he would authorize overtime and create 11 part-time positions to help law enforcement collect DNA samples and other evidence.
In our post last week, we began a discussion about the high number of exonerations in the U.S. in recent years. In 2013, for example, at least 87 people in the United States were exonerated, many of whom had spent years or even decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. There has been at least one wrongfully convicted individual exonerated here in Wisconsin within the past couple years.
How do you compensate someone for the loss of years of their life? How do you compensate someone after wrongfully taking away their freedom? How do you compensate someone after destroying their reputation by erroneously accusing them of a horrible crime? In short, what compensation would possibly be appropriate for individuals who have been wrongfully convicted and wrongfully imprisoned?
Compared to other countries, America is pretty puritanical about the subject of sex. And here in the Midwest, sex seems to be an especially taboo topic. Wisconsin's bashfulness about sex and intimacy might be evident in the way that a Madison-based business has been received by city officials.
The criminal justice system was intended to provide relatively uniform and proportional responses to various crimes based on their severity and other factors such as the intentions of the alleged criminal. Though most criminal offenders are held accountable by punishments proportional to the infractions they have committed, sex offenders are too often subjected to disparate punishments.
Forcing someone to submit to another person's sexual advances is a very serious offense in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as throughout the United States. Additionally, this crime is so serious that it attracts the attention not only of law enforcement, but also of the public. Those people who are accused of committing sex crimes in the Milwaukee area are sure to have a rough time even though they are not yet convicted, regardless of their social stature.
Crimes that involve sex often attract widespread attention and create alarm with residents of Milwaukee. That is why most people who are charged with sex crimes, such as sexual assault, are extremely likely to suffer prejudice in the public's eyes in addition to the stern penalties of the law.
Wisconsin enforces strict laws when it comes to crimes involving sex. Because of the harm that it may bring, sexual assault is especially loathed by the community of Milwaukee. As a result, people who are faced with sexual assault allegations are often tagged as sexual predators.
Being accused of any criminal offense should not be taken lightly. This is especially true for cases in which the defendant is accused of a sexual criminal offense, such as sexual assault. Sex crime convictions carry stiff penalties in Wisconsin. Recently, a teenager has been accused of sexually assaulting another teenager.