12/15/17 – State Representative Mark Born says his background and experience in the jail system will be an asset on a newly-created prison task force group. Among other things, the goals of the committee are to tackle capacity issues with adult populations in state prisons and address the outdated Waupun and Green Bay prisons.
Born says as a member of the Joint Finance Committee he was a part of the budgeting process that pushed for the creation of the study group. The Beaver Dam Republican says, from the beginning, he knew he wanted to serve on the task force. He has worked on both corrections issues and state capital building projects in the past. Born says at some point additions will need to be made to current prisons or an entirely new facility will have to be built. However, those decisions will not be made until detailed information comes to light from the study. Born, who used to work in the Dodge County Jail before being elected to the legislature, says that staffing shortages will also be targeted.
Several black state Assembly members have been critical of Speaker Robin Vos and his committee selection. Democrats say the panel deserves more black representation because the demographic has a disproportionate percentage of people in prison. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Born weighed in on the matter. He says that the study is focused on facilities and that the analysis they are looking into might not be driven by cultural or racial divides. So far, only the Senate and Assembly members have been named to the prison task force. Born notes that Governor Scott Walker will also be making several appointments. Born will be our guest Friday afternoon on WBEV’s Community Comment.