Assembly approves hiring more prosecutors

Published: Feb. 22, 2018 at 4:46 PM CST
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The Wisconsin Assembly has approved spending nearly $4 million to hire 54 additional prosecutors across the state, but not in Madison or Milwaukee.

Republican Rep. John Nygren said Thursday where the prosecutors will go is based on a 2014 workload need study done by the Legislative Audit Bureau, not politics.

But Democrats say needs have increased since then and it makes no sense not to add prosecutors in Dane or Milwaukee counties.

District attorneys and others have long complained about being short-staffed. The new prosecutors would go to the 40 highest-need, mostly rural, counties.

Public defenders have also long lobbied the Legislature for additional staff and funding, but the Assembly was not doing anything to address that need.

The funding was added to a bill that would increase revocation of parole, sending more people to prison.