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WI defendants wait longer for sentencing


RACINE (WKOW) -- People convicted of a crime are waiting longer to learn their sentences than usual.

Corrections officials say there are too few probation agents to conduct pre-sentence investigation reports and there are stricter requirements in the reports that take longer to complete.

The Journal Times of Racine reports in 1997 the Department of Corrections implemented a new three-week deadline to complete the reports.

Now, a DOC spokesperson says it's become difficult to meet. The reports take six to eight weeks because they have to include results of a risk-assessment, which make the reports 20 pages or longer.

A public defender's office in Racine says the delay hurts defendants who end up being sentenced to time served.

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