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Evers Says Next State Budget Will Likely Include Criminal Justice Reforms

Reforms Would Come After A Year Filled With Racial Injustice, Police Brutality Protests

Gov. Tony Evers speaks at the State of the State
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers during the State of the State speech at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Andy Manis/AP Photo

Gov. Tony Evers says he’ll likely include criminal justice reforms in the next state budget as Wisconsin emerges from a tumultuous year of protests over police brutality and racism.

The governor told The Associated Press in a year-end interview that the executive budget will “hopefully” include proposals to resolve criminal justice disparities. He declined to offer specifics.

Evers called on the Legislature to meet in special session in August to consider a number of police reform proposals, including banning chokeholds, creating use-of-force standards and grants for organizations working on ways to mediate conflicts and prevent violence. Republicans gaveled in and gaveled out in less than a minute without taking any action.

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