Wisconsin Senate approves bills on carjackings, heroin abuse – Wisconsin News

Wisconsin Senate approves bills on carjackings, heroin abuse – Wisconsin News


In 2014 Phil Drewiske, then age 24, was a recovering heroin addict from Hudson. He started using prescription drugs in middle school. At 16 he was injecting heroin. His father was a key to his recovery.
Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON – The state Senate Wednesday approved bills to tackle carjackings and drug abuse, overhaul regulations on voucher schools and make Veterans Day a state holiday.

Senators voted 25-7 to raise penalties on carjackings following the recent death of a widely respected city home inspector who was shot and killed during an attempted car theft by young men with criminal records. Six Democrats joined all Republicans in voting to send the bill to the Assembly. 

“This has gotten to be a badge of honor,” Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), a former police officer, said of youth engaged in the crime. 

Some Democrats, meanwhile, said the proposals would raise costs within the state’s more than $1 billion-a-year prison system without any proof that they will work. They pointed to the high rate at which teenagers reoffend after being imprisoned in Lincoln Hills School for Boys, the state’s youth prison under federal investigation. 

“Trying to lock up more kids isn’t working in the state of Wisconsin,” Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) said. 

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