Marquette University Law School to host discussion on criminal justice reform at ‘On the Issues’ April 17

April 16, 2019

MILWAUKEE — The state of Michigan’s experience with bipartisan criminal justice reform and its potential lessons for Wisconsin will be the subject of an upcoming “On the Issues with Mike Gousha,” Wednesday, April 17, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Lubar Center at Marquette University Law School’s Eckstein Hall. Note that this time differs from typical lunch-hour “On the Issues” events.

The program will feature three advocates for criminal justice reform.

John Proos, former Michigan Republican state senator from St. Joseph, and former chair of legislative budget subcommittees for corrections and the judiciary budgets, will discuss Michigan’s road to criminal justice reform and the bipartisan efforts that made it possible

Proos will be joined by Wisconsin state representatives Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) and Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh). Representatives Goyke and Schraa will describe their perspectives on criminal justice, the reform initiatives they are promoting and the possibility for bipartisan action in Wisconsin.

Goyke is a graduate of Marquette Law School and has served in the state assembly since 2013. He is currently a member of the Joint Committee on Finance.

Schraa also took office in 2013 after a career as a local businessman and stock broker. He is among a group of northeast Wisconsin lawmakers who announced a call for criminal justice reform in February.

The program will include Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, providing an overview of Wisconsin voter opinion on this important policy issue. The latest Marquette Law School poll, released April 10, sampled voter attitudes on a range of criminal justice reform issues, including mandatory minimum sentencing, expanded job training for prisoners, increased use of treatment programs as alternatives to jail for offenders with drug or alcohol issues and state spending for prosecutors and public defenders.

Gousha, an award-winning journalist, continues his “On the Issues” series of provocative and insightful interviews with local and national public officials, journalists and other newsmakers throughout the year. A complete schedule is available online.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, Gousha’s “On the Issues” conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, the Law School serves as the region’s leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

The event is open to members of the general public at no cost; registration is required and is available online. Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at

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Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or