Law Enforcement

Two well-known attorneys with solid progressive credentials are facing off for a seat on the Dane County Circuit Court. Get to know them before the April 3 election. more

Mar 15, 2018 5:01 AM News 3 Comments

Officer Stephen Heimsness harassed a female officer a month before he fatally shot Paul Heenan. Madison Police launched an investigation but initially, only Heimsness’ victim was scrutinized. more

Mar 8, 2018 5:01 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 16 Comments


Time Magazine

Trump floats the idea of the death penalty for drug dealers. But what about when its big pharmaceutical companies that are the dealers? more

Mar 6, 2018 4:35 PM Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

Madison Police is embracing most recommendations made by consultants who spent a year studying the department. Just not the ones that are most critical of the department. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

The exploding opioid epidemic is being exacerbated by the growing shortage of attorneys. The crisis is most evident in the courtrooms of rural Wisconsin. One solution: raise the pay for public defenders. more

Jan 18, 2018 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

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David Michael Miller

The Derail the Jail coalition says Dane County doesn’t need to spend $76 million consolidating jail operations. But officials say the group is ignoring the facts and putting inmates lives at risk. more

Nov 16, 2017 5:02 AM News 4 Comments


David Michael Miller

Civil rights lawsuits stemming from police shootings in Madison are raising the city’s insurance costs. The city’s share of just two recent multimillion dollar lawsuits cost taxpayers $600,000. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM News

Judge William Hanrahan tossed another case because the DA’s office was unprepared to proceed. It’s another sign of frayed relations between the Dane County District Attorney’s Office and the local judiciary. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM News

Judge William Hanrahan forces the dismissal of cases against three alleged armed robbers after the Dane County District Attorney’s Office fails to produce a witness list on time. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM News

A Sun Prairie police officer, Matt McElroy, didn’t think it was fair to issue tickets for more serious violations while he was working on a grant intended for seatbelt enforcement. And so he wrote tickets for violations that didn’t occur. more

Jun 2, 2017 3:30 PM News 9 Comments

What played out in Judge Josann Reynolds’ courtroom on April 24 was an epic clash, suggesting deep fissures between District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s office and some local judges. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM News

On April 3, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne began requiring his roughly two dozen assistants to obtain prior approval before offering to waive a preliminary hearing, dismiss criminal charges or amend charges to a lower category of offense, among othe more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM News


WISC Channel 3

Numerous citations were dismissed in Sun Prairie after the arresting officer was caught lying. But the city kept a lid on it. more

May 4, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

For three years, Dane County has given a select number of addicts a chance to avoid prosecution, provided they complete a rigorous deferment program. The county is now looking to double the program’s capacity. more

Dec 1, 2016 5:00 AM News


Mary Langenfeld

Madison’s educational resource officers are cops who work in high schools. Viewed with suspicion by many, their role has been scrutinized. The four officers all came to police work in roundabout ways and are driven by a desire to help children. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM News

Are bicyclists “entitled” to ride anywhere they choose? Hell yes! more

Aug 25, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 8 Comments

Following her arrest at East Towne Mall, Genele Laird was referred to a restorative justice program. If she successfully completes the program, Laird will avoid a felony conviction, which is a life-changer, especially for teenagers. more

Jul 7, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

Madison has approved spending up to $400,000 on an independent review of its police department. But how many firms are qualified to do such a review? more

Jul 7, 2016 5:00 AM News 2 Comments

The Madison Police Policy manual requires that police officers refrain from “overbearing, oppressive or tyrannical conduct” in their dealings with the public. The chief himself broke these rules during his public meltdown. more

Jun 16, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 15 Comments