Wis. Assembly to take up probation sanctions bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to take up a bill that would create a formal system of short-term sanctions for convicts who violate parole or probation.

The Department of Corrections currently has sanctions in place ranging from travel restrictions to participating in treatment to jail time. The bill would require the agency to consider a number of factors when imposing the sanctions, including the level of intensity needed, giving offenders quick consequences and ensuring a minimal impact on an offender's job and family.

The bill's author, Republican Rep. John Nygren of Marinette, introduced the proposal as part of a series of bills designed to combat heroin abuse, saying the new system could help addicts get treatment faster.

The Assembly was set to vote on the bill Thursday.

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