Portage Co. district attorney makes Gov. elect’s criminal justice counsel

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) — Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske is one of the 30 different people named to the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Counsel.

Molepske has been in his position for six years.

In a release, Wisconsin Governor-elect Evers talks about his desire to reform Wisconsin’s criminal justice system.

“We have to start prioritizing people, not prisons,” Evers said.

Molepske tells News 9 he is all in on doing just that.

“We need to make sure that people who are going into the criminal justice have a positive experience for the victims and for the defendants, and that their rehabilitation is key so they don’t come back,” said Molepske.

Molepske also mentioned taking another look at the state’s juvenile prisons to make sure children who go in aren’t in traditional incarcerated spaces.

Molepske said he wants those who commit harsher crimes to get appropriately sentenced based on evidence, but doesn’t know when all 30 of the council members will meet.

However, he hopes to get input on surrounding district attorneys on issues that need to be addressed in reforming the state’s criminal justice system.



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