Administration of Justice

  1. Juvenile Detention Dane County [adopted 1976; reviewed 2003]

    Support of:

    1. Principle of juvenile detention primarily as a holding function with secure detention to be used only for those who pose a serious threat to themselves or others or who are likely to run away prior to adjudication, with a diversification of nonsecure facilities to be provided for all others

    2. Improved care for all children detained, separated from the adult population, including protection, medical care and a full range of activities

    3. An adequate number of well-trained personnel at all levels, including professionally qualified intake workers available around the clock

  2. Dane County Jail [adopted 1976; reviewed 2003]

    Support of the following principles in treating those persons incarcerated in the Dane County Jail:

    1. Basic human needs should be met. Specifically, an individual incarcerated in the jail should have an adequate diet, security of person, medical care, sanitary conditions, privacy and religious freedom.

    2. A program of rehabilitation activities which will seek further to avoid criminalization and facilitate reentry into society should be provided. Such activities should include: access to legal counsel, counseling as necessary, and access to family in suitable facilities for visiting. Recreational activities should be available and should include opportunities for exercise. Inmates of the jail should have access to the community in the form of resource persons and work release with educational programs and opportunities being made available both inside and outside the jail.

    3. Equality of opportunity for inmates of both sexes should be guaranteed.

Recent LWVDC Statements, Studies, and Position Updates

The League presented a statement to the Madison Common Council on June 7, 2016, supporting the proposed review of Madison Police Policies and Procedures. This statement was based on state positions on law enforcement and equal rights, and national positions on Social Policy: “Promote social and economic justice, and the health and safety of all Americans.”

The League presented a statement to the City of Madison Public Safety Review Committee on May 9, 2017, and also to the Equal Opportunities Commission on May 11, 2017, supporting the report of the President's Work Group on Police and Community Relations. A slightly modified version was presented to the Madison Common Council on May 17, 2017. This statement was based on state league positions on Law Enforcement “Support of: Law enforcement policy locally developed by cooperative efforts of citizens and law enforcement agencies using state guidelines, but reflecting local needs.” and Equal Rights “Support for equal rights for all regardless of race, color. . .disability. . ." and on national positions on Social Policy:  “Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all.  Promote social and economic justice, and the health and safety of all Americans.”

On June 6, 2017, the League presented a statement to the joint meeting of the Public Protection and Judiciary and the Health and Human Needs Committees of the Dane County Board of Supervisors regarding plans for the Dane County Jail.

Letter to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi about funding a restoration center (July 28, 2017)
Letter to the Dane County Board related to the Dane County jail and related items (October 30, 2017)
Statement to the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee (July 26, 2018).We urged the committee to request that staff track the committee’s decisions as it develops its report to the Common Council, so that the committee and the public can see what the committee is deciding.
Statement to Madison Common Council concerning the final report of the Madison Police Department Policy and Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee (October 30, 2018). We urged the council to fund a service contract for a final report of the committee to be written.
Comment on Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau (ICEB) proposed rule Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children (October 30, 2018).