Says she’s tough on crime, but her practice of cutting jail time in half is well documented
February 27, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Supreme Court Candidate Rebecca Dallet likes to say she’s tough on crime, but has a history of going light on the most violent offenders – cutting their possible jail time in half. Dallet can’t be trusted to keep Wisconsin families safe.
Read coverage of Rebecca Dallet’s half sentences from Media Trackers here or find excerpts below.
Dallet’s Light Sentences: A Pattern?
February 26, 2018
The analyst consensus from Tuesday’s state supreme court primary was that experience mattered to voters. Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock and Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet advanced, while Madison attorney Tim Burns finished a distant third. Screnock and Dallet also indicated they felt their bench experience helped them. With experience comes a track record.
In 2013 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Teara Stewart could have faced up to 33 years in prison for child neglect and abuse. However, she was sentenced to just 13 years in prison and 9 years of extended supervision. In the article it described the treatment that the child was subjected to:
“The child was beaten with a belt and electrical cord. He was shaken and pushed. He was starved, weighing just over 20 pounds when he received treatment. The abuse and neglect occurred over a long period of time, according a medical expert quoted in court documents.”
While the article also mentions that Dallet said “it was hard for her to think of a child abuse case in which the child lived that was more serious than this case,” her imposed sentence of less than half the maximum time possible runs counter to that characterization.
According to Fox 6 news, in January of 2016 Dallet sentenced Jennifer Garcia, a woman convicted of “extreme physical abuse” of a 3-year old boy, to 35 years in prison with 28 years extended supervision, a long sentence by any measure. It is noteworthy nonetheless that the maximum sentence possible was 70 years. Fox 6 described that the child had “cigarette burns, bruises, a lacerated liver and brain damage,” while a prosecutor commented that the brain injury, “was so severe that the treatment team of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin did not expect him to survive.” Again, the sentence was half the prison time possible.
In a race that’s sure to bring up the importance of being tough on crime, the candidate’s respective sentencing histories will be relevant.
Read the full story here.