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 Advocates and Survivors

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With recent law changes and court decisions, even the basics of how to cast a ballot can be very confusing  The guide covers voter registeration, ID requirements and determining where to vote. 

Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People

THIS RECORDING

This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s). 

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.

THE SERIES

The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting  Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.

The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.

All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below.  It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.