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Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm doesn’t seem to care if people get killed, as long as his pet Deferred Prosecution program isn’t touched. From a September 2013 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article:

From the start, however, Chisholm realized these programs could have serious consequences.

“Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who’s going to go out and kill somebody?” Chisholm said in a 2007 interview with the Journal Sentinel. “You bet. Guaranteed. It’s guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach.”

His prediction may now have come true.

Jeremiah Schroeder — a 35-year-old heroin addict and dealer — has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide for his role in the overdose of a 26-year-old woman while Schroeder was out of custody under a deferred prosecution agreement with Chisholm’s office.

That is not the first time questions have been raised about the program:

Some defendants awarded breaks under the program committed serious crimes, including several that prosecutors admit violate their own policy, a Journal Sentinel analysis of three years of court records has found.

The review of cases filed from 2007 to 2009 found dozens of examples that raise questions about how the county’s deferred prosecution program is being implemented. Among the findings:

–Milwaukee prosecutors offered deferred agreements, in select cases, to defendants charged with felony sexual assault, high-volume cocaine and marijuana trafficking, armed robbery and other weapons crimes.

–More than 200 defendants charged with offenses such as felony assault to police officers, prostitution, burglary, felony child abuse, lewd behavior and graffiti were given deferred prosecutions.

–Some offenders were given successive plea deals after getting arrested on new charges and failing to meet the terms of earlier agreements.

–At least a dozen people with extensive criminal records were given deferred agreements.

Chisholm continues to unleash offenders back into their communities with complete disregard to public safety.

 

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