Bill would clarify bail amendment set for Wisconsin ballot

Published: Feb. 3, 2023 at 2:30 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - As promised, Wisconsin Republicans are offering clarity on when judges might apply a proposed amendment that would make it harder for violent criminals to go free on bail.

The proposed amendment that the Republican-controlled Legislature fast-tracked to the April ballot would allow courts to consider a defendant’s past convictions for violent crimes when setting bail, but state law offers several definitions for what constitutes a violent crime.

The amendment’s sponsors on Friday circulated a bill that would provide a clear list of which crimes judges could look at. If the Legislature passes the definition, it would only go into effect if voters approve the proposed amendment in April.