PolitiFact Wisconsin: Repeat offenders getting probation revoked?

Posted at 6:25 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 19:26:14-04

Crime and criminal justice expected to be among the big issues in next year's U.S. Senate race.

PolitiFact Wisconsin looks at one claim about people on probation who break the rules.

To revoke or not to revoke? That is the question state lawmakers must decide when it comes to people who are on probation or extended supervision and commit new crimes.   

"We are fact-checking Sen. (Leah) Vukmir who says that in Wisconsin in 2016 there were 5570 people on probation who committed new crimes but did not get their probation revoked," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sen. Leah Vukmir has jumped into next year's U.S. Senate race. Currently, state parole or probation agents have the discretion on revocation.    

"Sen Vukmir made the statement in talking about a bill that would require probation agents in those situations to recommend revocation of probation," Kertscher said.

PolitiFact Wisconsin looked at the numbers from the Department of Corrections and found one caveat. 

"The 5570 figure is not an actual count," Kertscher said, "it's an estimate and it's based on the people on probation who are charged with the new crimes but not convicted. 

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Vukmir's claim Half True.