Sometime next year, La Crosse County might let all its female prisoners out of jail. Instead of sitting behind bars, the women will be in a new community-based program the La Crosse County Board unanimously approved Thursday night. ...So if a woman gets convicted of a crime, she just gets treatment on having better relationships with men? Weird.
Supervisor Keith Belzer, a criminal defense attorney, said in 15 years he's never represented a woman who was put in jail because she's dangerous.
"I'm not saying there won't ever be a woman in La Crosse County who's dangerous and needs to be locked up for the safety of the community," said Belzer. "I will say that would be the rare exception rather than the rule."
Belzer said women are almost always in the system "because of some kind of relationship with a man."
Monday, December 24, 2007
County lets women out of jail