MADISON (AP) – A bad guy’s family could wind up behind bars if they help him hide out from the law under a bill the Wisconsin Assembly has passed.
Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from aiding or harboring a felon. The law doesn’t apply to the felon’s spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and siblings, however.
The Republican bill 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 bill passed the Assembly’s criminal justice committee on a 7-3 vote earlier this month. The full chamber approved it Thursday on a voice vote. It goes next to the state Senate.