Sidebar: Cases raise concerns about informant testimony

Several Wisconsin cases from the The National Registry of Exonerations show how incentivized testimony can contribute to wrongful convictions. Each involves testimony from informants that was later proven false.

Sidebar: California case prompts policy reforms

Revelations from jailhouse informant Leslie Vernon White prompted a mass review of cases spanning an entire decade in which jailhouse testimony had been used to secure a criminal conviction. And it led Los Angeles County to adopt what one expert calls some “of the best jailhouse snitch protections in the country.”

When lies lead to wrongful convictions
When lies lead to wrongful convictions

Wisconsin has no specific policies regarding the use of informant — or “snitch” — testimony, which worries some state and national criminal justice experts.

City’s frac sand mine battle spurs recalls
City’s frac sand mine battle spurs recalls

In this small city in northwestern Wisconsin, the mayor and two council members are facing recall elections over their handling of a proposed frac sand mine that would be built a half-mile south of a school.

Prescribing solutions

Advocates for offenders with mental illnesses suggest a number of approaches they feel would expand released offenders’ access to services and medication.

Obamacare could help released offenders

The state Department of Corrections hopes the federal Affordable Care Act will help released offenders get Medicaid. Starting next year, all Wisconsin residents below the poverty line will be eligible for BadgerCare Plus.

Mentally ill ex-inmates lack treatment, meds

Despite the wake-up call sounded nationwide by recent mass shootings, huge gaps remain in how Wisconsin treats people with mental illnesses who run afoul of the law. State and county officials blame a shortage of psychiatrists, growing demand for services and high medication costs.

Sand mining bill could also affect iron mine, factory farms
Sand mining bill could also affect iron mine, factory farms

The impact of a controversial bill that would restrict local government regulation of frac sand mines might be broader than originally thought, affecting the proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin and factory farms across the state, opponents said Thursday at a Capitol hearing.

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