“Our next battle for local law enforcement is to make sure we adequately staff district attorney’s offices. The office in Rock County is understaffed by several positions, and that’s something we are going to build a bipartisan team to address. (Rock County District Attorney) David O’Leary is working extraordinary hard,” Richard said.
As a legislator Richards said he fought to secure state funding for the first pay progression for prosecutors and public defenders in the past decade.
In Rock County, Richards said heroin use is a big problem because of the trafficking occurring in Chicago and Rockford and making its way to Wisconsin.
Richards went on to say the Attorney General’s Office has the resources to combat what he considers an epidemic. Not only is the highly addictive heroin habit costing addicts and their families $200 to $300 a day to support, but it causes a host of crimes for those desperate for money to pay for their addiction. Richards said he wants to ensure the people don’t have easy access to the prescription drugs such as Oxycodone that are gateway drugs to heroin, and he plans to ensure first responders have the necessary medications to treat those who overdose.
As Attorney General, Richards said he wants to support programs like successful drug courts, which hold drug abusers accountable and save taxpayers money.
In addition to fully staffing District Attorney offices and combating the state’s heroin epidemic, Richards also outlined his commitment to open and transparent government as well as efforts to continue to strengthen Wisconsin’s OWI laws.
Richards also cited his efforts as a legislator to require that mental health commitments be included in background checks for firearms purchases, as well as work he did to establish procedures to ensure domestic abusers relinquish their firearms when required to do so by law.