WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -
Little by little, Governor Scott Walker is letting out pieces of his proposed state budget. He is touring the state with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to announce several crime prevention initiatives and the money to support them.
When Van Hollen became Attorney General, he says he became aware of a huge problem with crimes against children being conducted over the Internet.
The Attorney General says crimes involving human trafficking also happen here in Wisconsin, and this budget gives them resources to help stop more of it.
One of the big changes proposed involves collecting DNA samples from suspects upon arrest instead of just upon conviction. Van Hollen says six million of the new budget will help collect and process about 68,000 DNA samples every year. Van Hollen says DNA is the most definitive piece of evidence that has come along, ever... and samples will allow state and local law enforcement to solve more crimes while saving valuable time to protect citizens.
The Walker budget includes one million dollars to add five full time staff members to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, three million dollars to expand GPS tracking for people on restraining orders, and four million dollars for the Sexual Assault Victims Services to replace dollars that used to be collected from surcharges.
Governor Walker is also planning to move the Office of Justice Assistance from under the Governor’s leadership to the Department of Justice under the Attorney General.