MADISON, Wis. (AP) – 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.