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Lawmakers Discuss Importance of Victim Prevention Package

State and local leaders met at the West Allis Police substation Wednesday morning to address the importance of the Victim Prevention Package. It's a total of 8 bills put together by State Senator Leah Vukmir and State Representative Joe Sanfelippo.

The lawmakers say the bills take a 2 prong approach: holding repeat offenders accountable, but also improving rehabilitation efforts for offenders.

Representative Sanfelippo says he learned Milwaukee Police arrested the same 102 people for more than 2,600 different crimes in a 10 year period.

He says that number is putting a serious drain on local resources.

“Our police departments are out there working to keep us safe but they are arresting the same people over and over again. Clearly our criminal justice system is broken,” said Rep. Sanfelippo.

Senator Vukmir also addressed the issue.

\"We do not wish merely to imprison individuals for minor criminal infractions. But we do believe that individuals, who repeatedly commit crimes, should be held appropriately accountable,\" Sen. Vukmir added. “

The two lawmakers say they don’t expect these bills to fix all the problems, but say it is a start.

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