Family members who help felons targeted

  • Associated Press
  • March 18, 2014 - 2:50 PM

MADISON, Wis. — Relatives of felons who help them evade police could face steep fines and jail times under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin state Senate.

Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon. But the law doesn't apply to the felon's spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings.

The bill passed Tuesday on a voice vote in the Senate would apply that prohibition to all those family members. If they aid the felon they could face fines of up to $20,000 and 10 years in prison depending on the severity of the felon's crimes.

The Assembly passed the bill in February on a voice vote. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.

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