The 'progressive' and 'bold reformer' DA behind Waukesha parade suspect Darrell Brooks' low bond
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Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, who was elected to the position in 2007, has spent his career supporting cash-bail system reform because he argues it criminalizes poverty.
The district attorney facing criticism after the alleged Waukesha Christmas parade crash killer was freed on bond two days before the carnage describes himself as a "bold reformer" and has taken credit for inspiring a wave of "progressive prosecutors" across the US.

Chisholm has long pushed to divert nonviolent offenders away from the prison system with alternate programs, and has spoken previously about reducing the number of incarcerations in Milwaukee County.

"Progressive prosecutors in Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis, and San Francisco have followed in John's footsteps and designed similar programs," his website says.

Chisholm also describes himself on his website as a "bold reformer with a track record of keeping our community safe."

But the DA has acknowledged in the past that his approach could enable murderers to be put back on the streets of Milwaukee.

"Is there going to be an individual I divert, or I put into treatment program, who's going to go out and kill somebody?" Chisholm said in a 2007 interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"You bet. Guaranteed. It's guaranteed to happen. It does not invalidate the overall approach."

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