Wisconsin Efforts

I’m excited to be working with Wisconsinites to secure equal rights for victims of crime. It’s an issue Wisconsin has long been a leader on, and that is near and dear to my heart – as it is for so many good people in local communities across Wisconsin.

Our effort starts and ends with you. We are working with your neighbors and friends – and in some cases your loved ones – who have been victims of crime, in addition to victim advocates, law enforcement, experts, policymakers and anyone else who wants to get involved. We’re listening closely, and developing a Wisconsin solution to an issue that could affect any one of us, and in many cases already has.

For me, this issue is both professionally and personally significant. My true calling is encouraging passion and enthusiasm in the people around me, and that’s what I’ve done on past projects as a grassroots organizer and campaign manager in Wisconsin and across the country. And while I’ve always worked for people and organizations I felt passionate about, my own personal experiences make this issue particularly meaningful.

The people of Wisconsin understand this. As a matter of fact, this issue has long been meaningful for Wisconsinites. Wisconsin was the first state to adopt a “Crime Victims Bill of Rights,” and it has enacted many important reforms since. What we’re hearing now is that while this is a good start, there is a need for updates and stronger protections so that victims of crime have rights equal to those who are accused or convicted of crimes. Knowing that Wisconsinites appreciate this need, and hearing the stories of those who have been affected by crime in our communities, I’m certain we’ll be able to make our goal of equal rights for victims a reality.

So I hope you’ll join in our effort – lend your support, maybe give of your time, or even share your story. Because when it comes to equal rights for victims of crime, every voice makes a difference.

Thank You,
Luke Martz
Wisconsin State Director

Violent Crime In Your State: Did You Know?

According To Recently Released Statistics By The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI), Wisconsin Experienced 17,647 Violent Crimes In 2015.

  • In 2015, There Were 240 Murders And Nonnegligent Manslaughters.
  • In 2015 There Were 1,780 Rapes.
  • In 2015 There Were 5,232 Robberies.
  • In 2015 There Were 10,395 Aggravated Assaults.

Source: 2015 Crime In The United States, State Totals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Website, 9/26/16

Resources in Wisconsin

Supporters of AJR 47/SJR 53 (Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin)

  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Golden House of Green Bay
  • H.E.L.P. of Door County
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • Wisconsin District Attorneys Association
  • Milwaukee Police Association
  • Wisconsin Professional Police Association
  • Wisconsin Troopers Association
  • Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association
  • WI Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Badger State Sheriffs’ Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Sam Wollin, Adams Co. Sheriff
  • Chris Fitzgerald, Barron Co. Sheriff
  • John Gossage, Brown Co. Sheriff
  • Michael J Schmidtknecht, Buffalo Co Sheriff
  • Ronald Wilhelm, Burnett Co. Sheriff
  • Dennis Richards, Columbia Co Sheriff
  • David Mahoney, Dane Co. Sheriff
  • Steven G. Delarwelle, Door County Sheriff
  • Thomas Dalbec, Douglas Co. Sheriff
  • Jeff Rickaby, Florence Co. Sheriff
  • Nate Drekman, Grant Co Sheriff
  • Makr Podoll, Green Lake Co Sheriff
  • Steven Michek, Iowa Co Sheriff
  • Duane Waldera, Jackson Co Sheriff
  • Brent Oleson, Juneau Co Sheriff
  • David Beth, Kenosha Co Sheriff
  • Matt Joski, Kewaunee Co Sheriff
  • Reg Gill, Lafayette Co. Sheriff
  • Mark B. Westen, Langlade Co Sheriff
  • Robert Hermann, Manitowoc Co. Sheriff
  • Jerry Sauve, Marinette Co Sheriff
  • Kim Gaffney, Marquette Co Sheriff
  • Robert Summers, Menominee Co Sheriff
  • Scott Perkins, Monroe Co Sheriff
  • Michael Jansen, Oconto Co Sheriff
  • Grady Hartman, Oneida Co Sheriff
  • Bradley G. Gehring, Outagamie Co Sheriff
  • Jim Johnson, Ozaukee Co Sheriff
  • Joel Wener, Pepin Co Sheriff
  • Nancy Hove, Pierce Co Sheriff
  • Christopher Schmaling, Racine Co. Sheriff
  • Robert D. Spoden, Rock Co. Sheriff
  • Jeffrey S. Wallace, Rusk Co. Sheriff
  • Adam Bieber, Shawano Co. Sheriff
  • Todd Priebe, Sheboygan Co. Sherriff
  • Bruce Daniels, Taylor Co. Sheriff
  • Richard Anderson, Trempealeau Co. Sheriff
  • John Spears, Vernon Co. Sheriff
  • Kurt Picknell, Walworth Co. Sheriff
  • Terry Dryden, Washburn Co. Sheriff
  • Eric Severson, Waukesha Co. Sheriff
  • Brad Hardel, Waupaca Co. Sheriff
  • Jeff Nett, Waushara Co. Sheriff
  • John Matz, Winnebago Co. Sheriff
  • Thomas Reichert, Wood Co. Sheriff
  • Mark Hendzel, Pulaski Police Chief
  • Pat Anhalt, Sun Prairie Police Chief
  • Greg Leck, Stoughton Police Chief
  • Dan Furseth, De Forest Police Chief
  • Charles Foulke, Middleton Police Chief
  • Jerry Staniszewski, Eau Claire Police Chief
  • Andrew Smith, Green Bay Police Chief
  • Kenneth Meuler, West Bend Police Chief
  • Peter Hoell, Germantown Police Chief
  • Thomas Frank, Cedarburg Police Chief
  • Sean Marschke, Sturtevant Police Chief
  • Gregory Deike, Wrightstown Police Chief
  • Randi Bani, Hobart Police Chief