Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 --- 7:00 p.m.
Madison --- The Dane County Board of Supervisors announced Thursday that it would create a new board focusing on crime prevention. It will be made up of both elected officials, and law enforcement professionals. The board is expected to fund the efforts by adding to the victim and witness surcharge assessed of all convicted criminals.
Starting July 1st, if you commit a felony or misdemeanor, and you're convicted of the crime, you will first pay the standard surcharge ranging from $92 to $67. On top of that, an additional $20 will be tacked onto any additional conviction. It's that money that will fund the new board, and go towards crime prevention and law enforcement agencies.
"We talk about when someone's convicted of a crime that they have a debit to society, and that person has to pay their debt to society. Now, here in a very real way there really will be a debt to society that will have to be paid. This $20 surcharge for the Crime Prevention Board," said Supervisor Tim Kiefer.
An estimated $65,000 could be collected annually from the new additional charge.