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La Crosse DA predicts bond for crime suspects could become campaign issue



Judges in La Crosse County are often criticized in social media for letting crime suspects out of jail on low cash or signature bonds…where in some cases, those suspects commit more crimes. 

That’s also an issue in the case of Darrell Brooks, the driver suspected of killing six people and injuring dozens at a Waukesha Christmas parade. 

District attorney Tim Gruenke of La Crosse says a lot of adjustments have been made in the Wisconsin bond system over the past decade.

“(We’re) trying to do more of a risk-based assessment of people that are on bond,” Gruenke says , “trying to find out who is a risk to not appear for court, or risk to violate the bond, trying to get away from using cash to hold people.”

The DA says courts struggle with the idea of keeping more suspects in jail, even though most of those people probably won’t get in trouble after they’re released.      

A $5 million cash bond has been set for Brooks, who was released from jail on a $1000 bond days before driving into the Waukesha parade crowd.

Gruenke thinks voters may react at the polls next year, “with governor and attorney general and sheriffs around the state” running for office in November. “I’m sure this is going to be a topic that’s gonna come up about what we should do about bond and how we should improve it.”



A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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