Veto Bringing Bail Bondsmen to Wisconsin
  • Petitioned Governor Scott Walker

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Governor Scott Walker
Wisconsin Governor

Veto Bringing Bail Bondsmen to Wisconsin

    1. Petition by

      End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

July 2013


From Petition Organizer: We mobilized voices to express concern.

The use of bail bondsmen in Wisconsin is wrong for victims. Bondsmen allow dangerous offenders out of jail, with the defendant being required to only pay 10% of the bond or less. And, bond money will go to the bondsmen--not to victims for restitution and services.

Recent signatures


    1. We did it! Bail Bondsmen Vetoed!

      Thanks to your efforts, Governor Walker vetoed a provision in the state budget that would have allowed for-profit bail bondsmen and bounty hunters in Wisconsin.

      These provisions would have increased risks to victims and diverted funds to bondsmen that otherwise go to victim restitution and services.

      Thank you all! Job well done!

      To stay informed about other policy and legislative issues that affect domestic violence victims and survivors, visit:

      Tony Gibart,
      End Domestic Abuse WI

      Public Policy

      End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (WCADV) mobilizes advocates, survivors and concerned individuals to effect policy changes that will support survivors and end domestic violence. WCADV maintains strong relationships with state and federal legislators to ensure that the concerns and wisdom of survivors informs policy decisions.

    2. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jill Jansen APPLETON, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      I work with victims of domestic violence every day. I want them to feel safe and to not let their abusers out of jail when they are most likely to retaliate.

    • Peter Spotts WISC DELLS, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      Doesn't make sense for people to wind up dead just because bondsmen want to make a buck

    • Rachel Knaak SHEBOYGAN, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a survivor of 12 years of all forms of domestic abuse and it continues even after my divorce was final. The justice system failed me miserable and ordered that we both get 50/50 placement and custody and I have to pay my ex child support. This was ordered in lieu of my ex being charged with multiple domestic abuse charges, 18 counts of violating a restraining order, criminal trespassing on my property, driving under the influence with my son and so on. My children grew up watching me being beaten and verbally abused on a daily basis. The damage from witnessing the abuse has harmed my children for a long time to come. It's going to take years of therapy to get back to "normal" whatever that may be. My ex sat 2 months in jail after all these charges. He was also being investigated for a gas leak in my house which my daughter admitted she was with him when he did it, she was 8 at the time. Of course nothing was done. Abusers whether men or women need to be behind bars for significant sentences. Many of these abusers are sociopaths and will never change. The abuse has to stop!

    • Carmen E Garces ELKHORN, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      I am the Crime Victim Advocate at the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence. I assist women who are or have been in abusive relationships. I have seen, first hand, the bruises on these victims after a violent incident and I have learned that violence escalates so the beatings always get worse. As an advocate to these victims, my major concern is their safety. Advocates cannot do this job alone. In Walworth Co., we need and have the support of our police officers, court commissioners and judges. I do not know how bringing in bail bondsmen will help our victims at all.

    • Debbie Jonasen SUPERIOR, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      I am an advocate domestic abuse and believe that abusers should sit in jail as long as possible.


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