Newsmakers: Dept. of Corrections Secretary Gary Hamblin
In a March 25 Newsmakers interview, Corrections Secretary Gary Hamblin said 98% of the more than 21,000 inmates in Wisconsin’s prisons will eventually be released, so state programs that help inmates deal with their alcohol and drug abuse problems are important. A former Dane County sheriff, Hamblin defended the agency’s plan to close two juveniles facilities, which will save $23 million a year; discussed the GPS program that monitors sex offenders and defended Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to change the "early release" program adopted two years ago. Of the 479 inmates released under that program, 14 or 15 have committed new crimes.