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Gov. Walker aims to find ways to cut down on repeat prison offenders


EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - A 20 member panel will look for ways to reduce the numbers of repeat offenders who go to prison – plus reducing the need for future growth in the state’s prisons.

Governor Scott Walker signed an executive order in Eau Claire Monday afternoon which creates the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

The Republican Walker said the panel would get a clear picture of criminal justice issues – to set priorities – and to improve cooperation between state agencies and local governments on crime concerns.

State Corrections Secretary Gary Hamblin and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will chair the new panel. There will also be members from local law enforcement. And Walker said one member would be from a race or ethnicity that’s over-represented in the justice system.

The council will meet at least 4 times a year, and give annual reports to the governor, Supreme Court, and other relevant agencies.