Prison Guard Union Seeks Passage of Legislation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The union representing Wisconsin prison guards is seeking passage of legislation making it harder for inmates to file John Doe complaints against state corrections staff members.

An inmate can now petition a judge to investigate alleged prisoner abuse by guards or even a warden.

But Republican state Representative Mark Gundrum says a rising number of such complaints is clogging the court system.

He says 99 percent of such cases have no merit and no basis.

However, prisoner rights advocates such as Frank Van den Bosch says removing a neutral judge from the process could be a perversion of justice.

He says prosecutors are more likely to reject prisoners' complaints.

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