Sign the Petition: Gov. Walker, Veto Bringing Bail Bondsmen to Wisconsin

The use of bail bondsmen in Wisconsin is wrong for victims. Bondsmen allow dangerous offenders out of jail, with the defendant being required to only pay 10% of the bond or less. And, bond money will go to the bondsmen—not to victims for restitution and services.

Sign the Petition

To Governor Scott Walker: 

I am writing to urge you to veto the introduction of bail bondsmen in Wisconsin. In your state budget proposal, you prioritized the safety of victims of domestic violence, and you should be commended for those actions. Thank you! However, allowing bail bondsmen in Wisconsin would take Wisconsin in the wrong direction and put victim safety at risk. Through the use of bail bondsmen, dangerous defendants would be let out of jail when only posting a fraction of the required bond. Pre-trial release is a very dangerous time for victims of domestic violence, because offenders are especially motivated to silence victims or retaliate. In fact, some states have revisited their bail bonds laws, in part because of abusers who killed their victims after being released through bail bondsmen. We don't need or want these additional problems in Wisconsin.Secondly, the bail bonds system makes it much more difficult to collect victim restitution and the surcharges that fund victim services from defendants. As a result, bail bondsmen will profit, while victims and taxpayers lose out. Again, thank you for your efforts to protect victims of domestic violence. Please, keep these same considerations in mind when reviewing the state budget, and veto the introduction of bail bondsmen in Wisconsin. 

Sincerely,

[your name]

Selected Resources

Voting Guide for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Advocates

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With the passage of the Wisconsin photo ID voting law, there is a lot of confusion about who can vote and how they can vote.  The guide explains how survivors can register to vote and ensure they have the proper documentation to vote.   In this volatile political climate and budgetary climate, we need survivors’ voices and participation at the ballot box now more than ever.   

Hope. Vision. Future. A Plan for Providing Services to Domestic Violence Victims in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse has created a long-range plan for serving Domestic Abuse victims. This document includes an overview of Wisconsin Domestic Abuse Programs, including statistics, services, populations served, and a financial picture. Recommendations address the issues of Economic Justice, Financial Self- Sufficiency, Housing, Legal assistance and Primary Prevention.

2011-2012 Legislative Agenda
WCADV and WCASA Milwaukee Sick Pay Brief

Domestic and sexual violence take a tremendous toll on public health and safety in Milwaukee. This brief, filed by WCADV and WCASA, supports the Milwaukee Paid Sick Days Ordinance which permits victims paid leave to obtain services from these organizations.

2013-2014 Legislative Agenda
Changes to Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance for DV Victims - Dec 2009

WCADV Policy Development Coordinator, Tony Gibart, offers the following summary of how Wisconsin unemployment statutes have changed in response to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

DCF Brochure about Domestic Violence and W-2

This brochure from the Department of Children and Families explains some of the resources and protections available to W-2 participants who are or were victims of domestic violence.  It is to be given to all W-2 applicants and participants. Hmong and Spanish versions are also available. 

Fact Sheets Related to Brookfield Shooting

These two fact sheets cover topics that were implicated by the shootings at a Brookfield, Wisconsin salon on Sunday, October 21, 2012.  They address (1) domestic violence and the workplace and (2) restraining orders and firearm surrender.