Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) is asking Attorney General Merrick Garland for pre-trial information collected by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The information is regarding DOJ's monitoring and analyses of criminal pre-trial detention and conditional pre-trial release for people charged with violent felonies, and the data collection by DOJ on violent crimes committed by individuals on pre-trial release.
This request comes in direct response to the vicious attack at the Waukesha, Wisconsin Christmas Parade by a violent offender on pre-trial release with just $1,000 bail. The senator is asking DOJ to respond to his letter no later than December 28.
This is not a singular issue; there are numerous reports from across the country of violent crimes committed by individuals out on pre-trial release after being charged for a felony violent offense.
It is unclear if DOJ currently collects information on crimes committed by individuals on pre-trial release. Congress provides funding for DOJ to collect and analyze information on crime, including on pre-trial release, and I urge DOJ to publish such information immediately.Senator Ron Johnson, (R-Wisconsin)
The full text of the letter can be found here.