DA admitted danger of reforms years before Waukesha parade

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A Wisconsin district attorney admitted that his justice reforms freed criminals to murder others more than a decade before a man released on bail in his office killed dozens of people at a Christmas parade in Waukesha. killed.

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John Chisholm began implementing reforms—including reducing cash bonds and introducing nonviolent offenders into treatment programs—when he was elected as Milwaukee County District Attorney in 2007.

explaining his efforts to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel That same year, Mr Chisholm acknowledged the potential for adverse consequences.


“Will there be someone I divert, or do I put in a treatment program, who is going to go out and kill someone? Absolutely. Guaranteed. Guaranteed to happen,” he said.

“It doesn’t invalidate the holistic approach.”

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Mr Chisholm’s comments made headlines this week after a 1999 rap sheet with a criminal, Darrell Brooks, was accused of killing five people and injuring 48 others by driving his car to Waukesha’s Christmas parade.

Court records showed Mr Chisholm’s office had allowed Brooks to be released on $1,000 bond just 10 days before the attack.

Records show Mr Brooks was charged three times in less than two years for recklessly endangering the safety of others, most recently on 5 November.

That case stemmed from an incident of domestic abuse for which he was also charged with resisting or obstructing an officer.

On Monday, officials with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office said they were investigating bail recommendations from past offenses said to involve Mr.

As for his most recent release, the DA’s office said: “The state’s bail recommendation in this case was unreasonably low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against Mr Brooks.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Waukesha

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