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Can formerly incarcerated people legally vote in Wisconsin? It depends.

by Jonmaesha Beltran / Wisconsin Watch, Wisconsin WatchMarch 21, 2023 Nearly 4.6 million people in the U.S. were barred from being able to vote due to a felony conviction in 2022. That includes more than 65,000 people in Wisconsin, according to The Sentencing Project, an advocacy and research group. Neighboring Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois are […]

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Racine Correctional employee arrested for having sex with inmate faces 41 felony charges

A 37-year-old woman employed as a unit manager at Racine Correctional Institution (RCI) was booked Thursday into the Racine County Jail on 41 felony charges, including having a sexual relationship with an RCI inmate. A source who spoke to Racine County Eye on the condition of anonymity said Jacqueline Heidt worked as a correctional program […]

Posted inElections, Government

EXPO Ex-incarcerated people hold Empathy and Action Day at Capitol

by Isiah Holmes, Wisconsin ExaminerMarch 30, 2022 Activists from Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing (EXPO) and legislators gathered under the same roof Tuesday for Empathy and Action Day. In the Capitol Building, activists learned about approaching elected officials about issues of incarceration in the state. The event took place as Republican elected officials continue pushing hard-line policies […]

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Sex Offender Information Bulletin

The following Sex Offender Information Bulletin was released by the Racine Police Department and has been posted in its entirety without alteration: The Racine Police Department, in cooperation with the Division of Community Corrections, is releasing the following information pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of […]


Gretchen Schuldt: DOC should be more open about COVID-19

In late October, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections finally disclosed the number of COVID-19 deaths among people incarcerated in state prisons. That’s good news. But it’s troubling that this disclosure, which revealed that at least five state inmates have died, came only after months of delaying, obfuscating, and covering up. And the DOC is still […]

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Car of corrections officer stolen along with her uniform

A 17-year-old Racine man allegedly stole a vehicle Saturday belonging to a Wisconsin Department of Corrections officer. Emanuel Fonseca was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a felony count of taking and driving a vehicle without owner’s consent, which carries a fine of $25,000 and six years in prison. He’s also charged with […]

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Systemic Failure: Wisconsin doubles GPS monitoring despite five years of malfunctions, unnecessary jailings

By Riley Vetterkind Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Cody McCormick, 29, moves possessions into his new rental apartment in Sparta, Wis., on Aug. 1, 2017 with the help of his friend Travis Ray, and fiancé Breanna Kerssen. While living in rural Monroe County, McCormick says the GPS monitor he wears repeatedly lost contact with the […]

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Suspected Gang Member Charged with Plotting Witness’ Murder

Investigators with the Racine County Sheriff’s Office say a man facing felony firearm charges was communicating with his gang to plot the murder of a witness in his case. Breon Jackson, 21, of Racine, was charged Tuesday with one count each of conspiracy to commit felony intimidation of a witness and felony conspiracy to commit […]

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Suspected Sturtevant Burglar in Custody

Sturtevant police say they have suspected burglar Kyle Kraft in custody. He was arrested Saturday night at the Hiawatha Bar & Grill on Durand Avenue after someone tipped off police that he was there. Kraft was wanted by the Department of Corrections in connection with several burglaries in Sturtevant and surrounding communities. SPD issued the […]

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Molnar Recognized After Rollover Rescue

  Mount Pleasant resident Ronald Molnar was recognized Thursday by the state Department of Corrections for helping injured victims after a rollover accident. Molnar is a corrections program supervisor at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility and his actions were noted during the DOC’s annual SALUTE and Lifesaving/Valor awards during a ceremony in Madison. According to a […]

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