GOP series of bills address court backlog

GOP lawmakers from Wisconsin have introduced a set of bills targeting the growing backlog of cases in the criminal justice system, according to WKOW. The median age for a felony case in 2022 was 218 days, according to the group, based on records from the Wisconsin court website.

One measure would create an organized system to file and present evidence, decreasing case delays. Another bill would establish a task force under the Wisconsin Department of Justice that would respond to district attorney requests for help.

A third proposal would increase work opportunities for people incarcerated in low- and moderate-security state prisons, reducing their chances of reoffending and therefore the number of criminal cases.