Jonathan Scharrer, director of UW Law School's Restorative Justice Project, and Walter Dickey, UW Law professor emeritus, have been named to a new statewide council on criminal justice reform. Dickey, who received his J.D. from UW Law in 1971, is also a former Wisconsin Department of Corrections secretary.
Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes announced the new Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Policy Advisory Council on Monday, Dec. 10. Their line-up represents people from all segments of Wisconsin's criminal justice system.
According to Evers, “In Wisconsin, African Americans are ten times more likely to be imprisoned than white people, and we spend more on corrections than on our entire UW System. Red states like Texas have passed comprehensive criminal justice reform, and I know Republicans and Democrats can work together to get it done here in Wisconsin."
Eight UW Law School alumni join Scharrer and Dickey on the council:
- Louis Butler ’77, Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice; DeWitt Ross & Stevens
- Matt Frank ’81, Murphy Desmond; Former Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary; Former Assistant Attorney General
- Edgar Lin ’11, Lowenberg & Lin; Formerly of the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office
- John Manydeeds ’85, Eau Claire County Circuit Court Judge
- Rick Raemisch ’88, Former Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary; Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director; Former Dane County Sheriff
- The Honorable James Schlender Jr. ’10, Lac Courte Oreille Tribal Court; Sawyer County Court Commission and Board of Supervisors
- The Honorable Mary Triggiano ’88, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
- The Honorable Donald Zuidmulder ’68, Brown County Circuit Court Judge; Former Brown County District Attorney
A full list of council members can be found at WMTV-15's website.
Submitted by Law School News on July 9, 2019