The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has released nearly 1,600 inmates since March to help address the COVID-19 crisis, a DOC spokeswoman said Thursday.
The vast majority — 1,447 individuals released from March 2 to May 4 — are inmates who had been detained because they violated terms of their probation, parole or extended supervision while being monitored in the community, DOC spokeswoman Anna Neal said. The inmates were being held either in a county jail or DOC’s Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility.
In other words, the vast majority of people who wee released have already demonstrated that they will not abide by the law. They committed crimes. They were punished. And then they violated the terms of their punishment. Perhaps they were carrying a gun. Perhaps they went too close to their victim from the previous crime. Perhaps they were getting drunk or high. They were put back in jail a second time because they could not behave by the terms of their releases. What are the odds that these people will commit more crimes against innocent people instead of dying of Covid?