We believe that engaging
with these young people in the juvenile rather than adult justice system will
increase their chances of finding a better future. Before our neighbors in Illinois passed the
same type of bill, they paid attention to research that showed reduced recidivism
among 17-year-old offenders tried in juvenile courts.
bill includes a list of “violent offenses” that will remain as adult
charges. It also keeps 17-year-olds who
have previously been found delinquent in the adult system.
The Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin has made this
change in Wisconsin’s criminal justice system a priority since one of the
bill’s sponsors, Senator Jerry Petrowski, attended our advisory council/staff
retreat in 2014. The proposed legislation has some bi-partisan support. Now is the time to invite all of our
legislators to sign on and make a difference in Wisconsin.
justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
ELCA National Advocacy Network
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Colorado
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania
Lutheran Advocacy of Illinois
Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin
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