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Lawmaker envisions facility for drunken drivers

Lawmaker envisions facility for drunken drivers


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my Chairman Wikler: The
Adrienne: WHAT TO DO ABOUT
REPEAT DRUNK DRIVERS. I’M ADRIENNE PEDERSEN. Today on “Upfront.”
A FOUR-TIME CONVICTED DRUNK
DRIVER ACCUSED OF KILLING A
MILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICER. NEXT, STATE REPRESENTATIVE JIM
OTT WITH A NEW IDEA YOU’LL HEAR
EXCLUSIVELY ON “UPFRONT” ABOUT A
DRUNK DRIVING JAIL TO TREAT
REPEAT OFFENDERS. PLUS, MILLIONS OF DEPORTATIONS? THE PRESIDENT TWEETED I.C.E. WILL START THIS WEEK. I’LL ASK STATE REPRESENTATIVE
JOCASTA ZAMARRIPA ABOUT REACTION
IN THE IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY. AND, NEW STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
CHAIRMAN BEN WIKLER ON H
DEMOCRATS WIN WISCONSIN IN 2020. Announcer: taking on issues
important to Wisconsin. This is “Upfront,” with your
host, Adrienne Pedersen. Adrienne: THANKS FOR JOINING US
TODAY. I’M ADRIENNE PEDERSEN AND THIS
IS “Upfront.”
A JAIL SPECIFICALLY FOR DRUNK
DRIVERS. THAT’S WHAT A MILWAUKEE AREA
LAWMAKER WANTS, AND HE’S TALKING
ABOUT IT FOR THE FIRST TIME ON
“Upfront.”
I’LL BRING IN REPRESENTATIVE JIM
OTT ABOUT THAT IN JUST A MOMENT. BUT FIRST, MATT SMITH REPORTS ON
THE DEATH OF AN OFFICER IN A
TRAGEDY THAT’S BECOME ALL TOO
FAMILIAR IN WISCONSIN. Matt: 34-YEAR-OLD DANTE JAMES
HAS A PLETHORA OF MUG SHOTS. 2017 BROUGHT HIS 4TH OWI. HE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN BEHIND
THE WHEEL LAST WEEK WHEN HE’S
ACCUSED OF AGAIN DRIVING DRUNK,
RUNNING A RED LIGHT, AND KILLING
MILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICER KOU HER
WHO WAS ON HIS WAY HOME FROM WORK.>>THIS CLEARLY WAS AN
INDIVIDUAL THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE
BEEN DRIVING HIS CAR AT THIS
TIME. Matt: JAMES’ SENTENCE OF NO
PRISON TIME FOR HIS 4TH OFFENSE
OWI, LAWMAKERS SAY, ISN’T
UNCOMMON. A JUDGE ORIGINALLY SENTENCED
JAMES TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON,
BUT THEN CHANGED THE SENTENCE TO
PROBATION, A YEAR IN THE HOUSE
OF CORRECTIONS, AND A REVOKED
LICENSE UNTIL AT LEAST 2020. ANOTHER WISCONSIN FAMILY IS IN
DISBELIEF.>>THIS IS JUST A NORMAL ROUTINE
FOR HIM TO COME HOME EVERYDAY,
SO SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN
I DIDN’T BELIEVE IT WHEN I HEARD
IT. Matt: IN MILWAUKEE, CITY LEADERS
ARE SPARRING OVER AN ADEQUATE
RESPONSE. SO TOO ARE STATE LAWMAKERS.>>A LOT OF THIS IS HOW DO WE
CHANGE PEOPLE’S BEHAVIOR? AND, THE LAWS CAN DO SOMETHING
here, and WE’RE GOING TO USE THE
LAWS AS MUCH AS WE CAN. Matt: JAMES’ THIRD OWI CAME IN
2012. THERE, PROSEUCTORS SAY HE WAS
DRIVING AROUND WITH AN OPEN
12-PACK OF BEER WITH A
13-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN THE VEHICLE
AT THE TIME. Adrienne? Adrienne: A TROUBLING HISTORY,
THANKS MATT. LAST WEEK, THE STATE ASSEMBLY
TOOK SOME SMALL STEPS TOWARD
STRENGTHENING OWI LAWS. LAWMAKERS APPROVED A FIVE-YEAR
MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCE FOR
KILLING SOMEONE WHILE DRIVING
DRUNK AND ANOTHER BILL TO
REQUIRE FIRST-TIME OWI OFFENDERS
TO APPEAR IN COURT. REPRESENTATIVE JIM OTT SPONSORED
THOSE BILLS, AND HAS A NEW IDEA
FOR DEALING WITH REPEAT
OFFENDERS. REPRESENTATIVE OTT JOINS ME NOW. Thank you for being here. What do these bills due? Rep. Ott: What I’m hoping to do
with this bill is have few
first offenders become secon
offenders. I think having the person stand
in front of the judge, even
though it is not a criminal
misdemeanor, it is a civil
forfeiture, a serious civil
forfeiture. To stand in front of a judge as
compared to sending in a check
or sending your attorney to
appear before you, I think that
can make an impression on some
people, because standing in a courtroom is not a fun place to
be. I think some people would say,
“I never want to come back here
again.”
Adrienne: a real-life
consequence. Rep. Ott: Absolutely. The second bill putting a five
year minimum on homicide OWI,
that was assembly Bill 17. In Wisconsin, a drunk driver who
kills someone, even if they
don’t have prior offenses, they
can get up to 25 years in
prison. If they have prior offenses,
they can get up to 40 years in
prison. I’ve heard many times judges
sentence appropriately, but
there are enough cases where a
drunk driver killed someone and
they get incarcerated for as
little or a year or two. That adds insult to injury to
the family that lost someone. Is that the value the criminal
justice system puts on your
loved one? They lost their life and the
person that his response but
gets a year or two behind bars. Adrienne: and every time there
is a drunk drudgery tragedy,
this one with the police officer
it shines the light on owi laws. Do you think it will stick this
time? Do you think something will
change? Rep. Ott: I think the loss of
the officer other night, an
incredible loss to his family
and the community, and it is a
very high-profile case, so I
think people get more of an indication of how tragic a drunk
driving crash could be to an
innocent person. We have made progress in the
legislature over the last
several sessions. Up until three to four years
ago, in Wisconsin, if it was
more five years after the third
offense, it still counted as a
criminal misdemeanor. Senator Darling and I signed a
bill into law that makes it a
felony in all cases. Adrienne: I know you feel you
are chipping away at this. You are trying to criminalize
the first offense. Whenever we bring this up,
people blame the tavern league. They say the tavern league is so
strong and that is why these
laws aren’t tougher. Do you agree? Rep. Ott: That’s hard to say
what the reason is. The pushback I get when we talk
about criminalizing first
offenses, the majority of first
offenders don’t reoffend again. There recidivism rate is around
25%. That means around 75% of first
offenders don’t get a second
offense. Why should these people who
never do anything wrong again
have a criminal misdemeanor, for
the rest of their lives, people
say. For the flipside, for the first
offense, people say somebody
made a mistake. It can be a very serious
mistake, because roughly half or
a little more alcohol-related
crashes in Wisconsin are people
that do not have a prior
conviction of an owi. That tells me that is how some
of the people are called. They crash into someone and are
caught drunk driving. Sometimes, the pushback I get,
while big prison sentences. Prisons are overcrowded and
where are we going to put these
people? I’m wondering about the idea of
having some kind of
minimum-security facility that
is just for drunk drivers. You wouldn’t have the expense
for all of the security features
and you would hold them there
longer so you could sentence a
fourth offender to two, 3, 4
offenders. Adrienne: so you want to build a
facility for just drunk drivers? Rep. Ott: Not necessarily build
it. Take an old manufacturering
facility. That is where you could send
people to get more treatment. Keep them off of the roads,
which is what I want them to,
keep our roads safer, not
incarcerate people more. But then, focus on treatment as
well. They would have guards, but it
would not need the intensive
security. Adrienne: it wouldn’t cost as
much. Rep. Ott: It wouldn’t cost as
much and you could focus on the
treatment, keep the people
longer so that there is a better
change they won’t reoffend. Adrienne: representative Ott,
Thank you. THE ASSEMBLY WILL VOTE TUESDAY
ON THE REPUBLICAN-AUTHORED STATE
budget, but THE VOTE IN THE
SENATE IS LOOKING CLOSE AFTER A
SECOND REPUBLICAN SENATOR SAID
HE WILL OPPOSE THE BUDGET THAT CAME OUT OF JOINT FINANCE. OUR EDITORIAL PARTNER,
WISPOLITICS.com, HAS THE LATEST
ON THEIR BUDGET BLOG, AVAILABLE
TO SUBSCRIBERS, OR BY FOLLOWING
WISPOLITICS ON TWITTER. LATER ON “Upfront,” THE NEW
CHAIRMAN OF WISCONSIN DEMOCRATS
ON HIS PROMISE TO BUILD A
POWERHOUSE OPERATION. BUT FIRST, PRESIDENT TRUMP
THREATENS A MASS DEPORTATION OF
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS STARTING THIS
WEEK. NEXT ON “Upfront,” I’LL ASK
ABOUT REACTION IN THE IMMIGRAN
COMMUNITY, AND WE’LL LOOK AT HOW
THERE IS STILL NO FIX FOR THE
DREA

1 comment on “Lawmaker envisions facility for drunken drivers

  1. Driving drunk should be considered attempted murder . Anyone on the road at that same time as the drunk driver has the chance of being killed.
    P.s. I cant wait to see the next judge or politician driving drunk . Will the police treat them differently? And if you want to treat drunk drivers? Why cant we treat people with other drug offenses? Do you think alchohol is not a drug ?

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