Americans have the right to a speedy trial, but a shortage of public defenders is resulting in excessive jail stays for defendants who are unable to come up with the cash for bail.

As reported by the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, “Nhja Lee, 45, of Green Bay, spent more than 100 days in jail on $25,000 bail in 2018 while the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office tried to get a private attorney to represent him.”

You don’t have to look far to see marijuana-related news.

Governor Tony Evers recently granted pardons and clemency to 30 individuals who had been incarcerated as a result of marijuana and other drug crimes. Elsewhere at the Capitol, lawmakers have introduced multiple bills that would reduce the penalties associated with possession of cannabis.

While you continue looking forward to Christmas and New Year’s, dozens of others are faced with spending numerous holidays behind bars.

40 people were arrested throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana after “a prolonged drug investigation spanning Sept. 29 to Dec. 14.” 183 pounds of fentanyl and 68,250 counterfeit fentanyl pills were seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

When a criminal investigation or criminal charges threatens your rights, your reputation and your future, who can you turn to for the skilled representation you can count on to protect what matters most to you?

Super Lawyers allows you to identify the lawyers who have earned the respect of their peers in the legal industry.

If it were up to us, Wisconsin would rank first in things like quality of life, best place to raise a family, and best place to practice law. Unfortunately, a recent report from The Sentencing Project places Wisconsin at the top of a category that highlights racial disparities in our criminal justice system. “The report found that despite black people accounting for just 6% of Wisconsin’s population, they make up 42% of the state’s prison population and are incarcerated at 12 times the rate of white people.”

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