MADISON — Racine Alderman John Tate II has been tapped by Gov. Tony Evers to be the chairperson of the state Parole Commission starting on June 3.

Evers is scheduled today to announce Tate’s appointment, which is subject to confirmation by the state Senate. Tate said he plans to stay on as 3rd District alderman for the City of Racine but will step down from his job as a social worker.

“Improving our parole system is an important part of reforming our criminal justice system and eliminating the racial disparities that have led to increased incarceration rates for people of color,” Evers said. “I know that John Tate II will be a strong advocate for the change we need to ensure our criminal justice system treats everyone fairly and focuses on rehabilitation. Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, We can improve public safety and empower returning citizens at the same time.”   

 

 Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Somers, praised the decision, saying "John's background in social work and his leadership in the Racine community will serve the state well. "

 

 

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