Someone asked me one time if I thought the death penalty was a deterrent to murder. I thought about it for a minute and answered that I really didn’t know, but that I was sure that it cut down on repeat offenders.
I still believe that, but barring the death penalty, I’m sure incarceration is the next best thing. Wisconsin Gov. Evers disagrees and he has been working since 2019 to free heinous criminals from prison.
Do some criminals deserve a second chance? Possibly, depending on the circumstances of their crimes. But, to offer blanket pardons as Evers and his parole board has done is not the answer. The problem is that the elites are very seldom the victim of these criminals. It makes it much easier for them to fee people who will commit more crimes.
I read once about a law that allowed judges to use their discretion in releasing criminals. But, there was a catch. If the person they released committed a new crime, the judge would share their punishment. I think that is a great idea and is one I can get behind. Because the judges or whoever decides to free a dangerous criminal might think twice before pardoning someone.
Under Ever’s Parole Commission over three hundred murderers, attempted murderers, and child rapists have been freed from prison. 884 convicted criminals have been released in total.
I just can’t see the upside to putting more criminals on the street. Liberal cities and states who have adopted bail-less releases of those who have been arrested are experiencing ever-increasing crime rates. Releasing criminals back onto the streets isn’t working? Who could have possibly seen that coming?
The list, from 2019 through 2021, includes some of the most brutal killers in Wisconsin history and some of the most high-profile. The cases span the state, from Kenosha to Rib Mountain, Wisconsin Right Now has documented through a public records request.
These were DISCRETIONARY paroles. That means the Evers/Barnes administration’s Parole Commission chairman made a CHOICE to release the criminals. Many were serving life sentences, which don’t qualify for mandatory release. In other cases, the spreadsheet of paroles provided to WRN by the Parole Commission did not include mandatory released inmates. In other words, the Evers/Barnes administration could have kept these criminals behind bars but made a purposeful decision not to do so. You can check the parole dates out yourself by putting the killers’ names into the state Department of Corrections database and clicking on “movement.”
Here is a partial list of the number of people released and the crimes they were incarcerated for:
- 1st Degree Intentional Homicide 171
- 1st-Degree Reckless Homicide 62
- Felony Murder 18
- 2nd-Degree Intentional Homicide 18
- 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide 3
- Homicide by Intoxicated Use of Vehicle 2
- 1st Degree Sexual Assault 24
- 2nd Degree Sexual Assault 15
- 1st Degree Sexual Assault of Child 26
- 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of Child 5
- Repeated Sexual Assault of Same Child 13
Some of the examples of sex criminals who were released:
The freed child rapists are extremely disturbing cases too; one man paroled in 2021, Gary Frank, 54, is a convicted domestic abuser who sexually assaulted a female relative, who was under age 13 at the time. He now lives in Milwaukee.
A former pastor, Gordon Larson, 69, made the parolee list. He abused a girl when she was aged 4-5 to 9 years old, sometimes in his office at church. Evers’ administration released him early too. In 2014, he received an 18-year prison sentence in Waukesha courts. Today he lives in Kewaunee.
When Richard Garcia was paroled by Evers’ administration in 2020, Fox 6 falsely reported that he had served his sentence. He had not. In 1985, Garcia burglarized a stranger’s home and sexually assaulted an elderly resident. Eight years later, he sexually assaulted two children, ages 4 and 9, the station reported. Parolees do receive state supervision; he will be on GPS monitoring. Garcia, 57, lives today in Waukesha.
Patrick Appel, 53, a registered sex offender, was released on parole in September 2020 from a first-degree sexual assault of a child conviction but is already back behind bars. He is accused of possessing child pornography in Price County.