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Democrat DA defended jailbreak policies ahead of suspect’s release

Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, was once defended by progressives as a leader of ‘criminal justice reform’ before a court commissioner freed the suspect now accused of killing five Americans and injured 48 others during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Police allege Darrell E. Brooks Jr., 39, on Sunday mowed down a crowd at Waukesha’s annual Christmas parade, killing five people and injuring dozens more. Brooks is expected to be charged with five counts of first degree intentional homicide.

Brooks has an extensive criminal history, totaling 16 arrests since 1999 and has been released on bail several times. In the latest case, earlier this month, Brooks was charged with second degree reckless endangerment, felony bail, bodily harm, obstruction of an officer and disorderly conduct.

A woman claimed that Brooks had mowed her down with her vehicle in the parking lot of a gas station after the two had an argument.

For the charges, Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Cedric Cornwall set Brooks’ bond at $ 1,000. He posted bail on November 11 and was released from custody.

Shortly after Brooks’ arrest, Chisholm’s office published a statement calling the $ 1,000 bond “weakly low” and suggested that an internal investigation is underway at the district attorney’s office to examine how and why the bond was set at such a low amount.

The case apparently aligns with Chisholm’s record as a progressive former prosecutor who has been defended in the past for his work on so-called criminal justice reform efforts to free more inmates from prison and reduce overall incarceration rates.

In 2015, Jeffrey Toobin presented Chisholm’s work as a “national leader” on criminal justice reform for the New Yorker in an article titled “The Milwaukee Experiment: What Can a Prosecutor Do About Mass Incarceration of African Americans?” “

The New Yorker profile notes:

Chisholm decided his office would take initiatives to try to send fewer people to jail while maintaining public safety. “For a long time, prosecutors were defined by conviction rates and winning big cases with big sentences,” Nicholas Turner, president of the Vera Institute, told me. “But the evidence certainly indicates that achieving security and justice requires more than just putting people in jail for a long time. Prosecutors must redefine their own role in a new era. Chisholm craned his neck and started saying that prosecutors should also be judged on their success in reducing mass incarceration and achieving racial equality. Chisholm’s efforts garnered attention across the country. “John is a national law enforcement leader because he’s genuinely interested in trying to get the right results, not only in individual cases but also in broader policy issues,” Cyrus R. Vance , Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, told me. [Emphasis added]

Chisholm has decided to switch to what he calls an evidence-based public health model. “What’s the most effective way to keep a healthy community? ” He asked. “You protect people in the first place. So what do you do with those arrested? There are two basic models of the prosecution philosophy. “In one, you are a case processor,” he said. “You take what is presented to you by law enforcement agencies and move those cases fairly and efficiently through the system. But if you want to make a difference, you need to do more than deal with cases. “ [Emphasis added]

Chisholm therefore began placing prosecutors in neighborhoods around Milwaukee. “If people think of prosecutors as just the guys in the courthouse, who only care about getting convictions, then you are creating a barrier,” he said. He and his team began to wonder in each case why they were carrying this case. “In those who were considered minors, it was the less experienced people who decided whether or not to bring them. And these people saw that we had generally carried these cases in the past, so they went ahead with them again. But we started to ask ourselves, “Why are we accusing these people of crimes? “ [Emphasis added]

At the time of the profile, Chisholm’s office boasted that Milwaukee County was primarily the reason for the state’s declining prison population. In 2007, Wisconsin’s prison population totaled approximately 24,500 inmates. By 2015, that number had been reduced to around 22,000 almost exclusively thanks to Milwaukee County, according to the New Yorker.

In similar statements made in 2015, Chisholm suggested that more law enforcement and more criminal convictions was not a solution to reducing overall crime rates.

“We need to move away from the concept that all the problems that exist in the community can somehow be funneled into the criminal justice system and that this system will solve all the problems,” Chisholm said during the interview. ‘an event with advocates for criminal justice reform.

“It just didn’t work,” Chisholm said. “In concentrated areas of our community for 20 to 30 years now, we have had the same poor results. … We’re not going to solve the problems by sending more cops and charging more cases.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on twitter here.

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