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Panel Discussion: No Death Penalty in Wisconsin - Madison. | WNPJ
Panelists include Vickie Panetti, sister of death row inmate Scott Panetti, an exonoree from Illinois, Robbie Lowery of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and former Illinois Prosecutor Cynthia Hirsch.
Robbie Lowery for Sheriff
Robbie Lowery announces candidacy for sheriff | more...
Announces Candidacy for Sheriff
...Feeling that it was "the right time and the right place to work with the citizens of Dane County," law enforcement administrator Robbie Lowery announced his candidacy for Dane County sheriff June 29 in front of the Madison Municipal Building.
"I think we have a very viable candidate, Robbie Lowery
, who has spent 32 years in law enforcement," said Rev. Gregory Armstrong of S.S. Morris Community A.M.E. Church in his introduction of Lowery.
...Lowery will be running in the Democratic Primary against veteran Dane County sheriff's detective Dave Mahoney.
"It's my mission to provide Dane County with the best professional law enforcement service in the country," Lowery
said."We must reach out to our young people, our school officials, and our social service agencies to identify young people who are at risk, to prevent them from sliding down the social ladder and keep them from a lifestyle that will land them in jail." Lowery
, who added he
was "humbled by the showing of support," stressed that Dane County is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.He
would work to reduce traffic fatalities, deal with a crowded jail system, and work to curtail gang violence.He
also said he
would address mental health issues in the Dane County Jail, noting that some inmates incarcerated for drugs and nonviolent offenses would be better reformed in a hospital setting than in a jail."It's my understanding that there are people who are incarcerated who have issues and do not know why they are there," Lowery
"I think there is a better setting for some people, other than jail.I would like to move them outside jail into a hospital-type setting."Lowery
experience as director of the Administrative Services Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Justice
distinguishes him from other candidates.In his
present position, Lowery
manages the $13 million budget for the state's Division of Criminal Investigation
The division is responsible for statewide narcotics investigations, Internet crimes against children, complex homicide investigations, Homeland Security issues, and the Public Integrity Bureau
."I am the one with management experience," Lowery
said."I put good people in power."Lowery began his law enforcement career as a police officer and detective in Beloit.He later became a sergeant, heading the crime prevention program for the city of Milwaukee, and then came to the Wisconsin Department of Justice as bureau director in 1994.
At the press conference, a reporter asked Lowery
how his campaign would gain momentum, given that his opponent, Mahoney, has already received high-profile endorsements from Gov.
"That's [two] votes," Lowery
The Badger Herald - University of Wisconsin-Madison
Shawn Haney, Dane County Sheriff's Detective Dave Mahoney and Wisconsin Department of Justice administrator Robbie Lowery.
The Welch Report
The third candidate for sheriff, state Department of Justice administrator Robbie Lowery, was not at the forum Wednesday, but said in a telephone interview today that he did not receive an invitation to attend.
Asked how he
would reach out to Latinos, he
agreed that there are too few minorities on the force and that he
would step up efforts to recruit them in part by talking to church and community leaders about who might make good candidates.Lowery, who is African-American, recalled how he was recruited when he was 16 by Beloit's police chief and became a cadet on the force a year later. Lowery
also said many minorities see the police as untrustworthy and that overcoming that perception should be an important goal of the Sheriff's Office.
"We have to let people know that we are not a heavy-handed department," he