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Wisconsin appellate court rejects most of shaming sentence

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Posted at 8:45 PM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-13 11:30:01-04

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has tossed out part of a woman’s shoplifting sentence that required she tell the management of any store she entered that she was on supervision for the offense.

Twenty-eight-year-old Markea Brown, of Milwaukee, pleaded guilty in 2018 to felony retail theft for helping steal $2,655 worth of merchandise from Pleasant Prairie Outlet Mall.

Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder, who sentenced Brown to 15 months in prison, says he feels that “embarrassment does have a valuable place in deterring criminality.”

The appeals court disagreed, saying it doesn’t believe that a broad public notification requirement promotes rehabilitation.

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