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Saturday, March 12, 2016
Senator Taylor takes to the Street in District 4,Taylor-Harris-Darling bill promise a Certificate
March 12, 2016
SATURDAY - SENATE District 4 | Senator Lena Taylor, District 4 released a video taken on Hampton in her district to highlight the need for support of those returning home from Incarceration while stating the urgency for providing opportunities with enhancers for to prevent more of the young and young adults going to prison.
"A budget is a ranking of priorities. And with the last day of the State Senate session fast approaching on March 15th, we need to get our priorities straight. Over the next two years, we will spend more than $2.2 billion in taxpayer dollars to fund the DOC. That’s more than we will spend on the entire UW System. Don’t you think it’s wrong that we put incarcerating our people ahead of educating our college students? What makes it worse is that with Wisconsin leading the nation in the incarceration of black men, we aren’t putting enough taxpayer dollars into re-entry programs to reduce re-offence. A person is 3 times more likely to end up back behind bars if they can’t hold a job for one year. That’s why we have to address employment. A new bill I authored with Republican Senator Alberta Darling and Democratic Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd will create a certificate for qualified employment for prisoners upon reentry. The certificate will vouch for the person’s work ethic that they displayed while in prison. This bill has already passed in the Assembly and the Senate Judiciary Committee. I hope the Senate will pass the bill when we meet on March 15th", by Senator Taylor.