• Welcome from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen...

    Thank you for visiting the Wisconsin Department of Justice. We exist to protect public safety and to serve the people of this great state. It is my honor, as your Attorney General, to stand alongside the outstanding men and women of law enforcement, and those who prosecute crime, as we carry out this mission.

    J.B. Van Hollen
  • AG Van Hollen Posts Draft Rules for “DNA at Arrest” Law

    Wisconsin’s new “DNA at Arrest” law, which allows for the collection of DNA from most violent offender suspects at arrest, takes effect April 2014.  Prior to enactment, the public has the opportunity to review the proposed rules and comment on their potential economic impact.

    DNA at Arrest
  • “Fly Effect” Heroin Prevention Campaign Coming to Packers Radio

    AG Van Hollen urges Wisconsin football fans to stay tuned to Packers pregame radio as the “Fly Effect” Heroin prevention public awareness campaign expands to the Packers Radio Network.  Radio spots from the DOJ’s educational campaign will begin airing on radio stations statewide beginning on Sunday, Nov. 9, when the Packers host the Chicago Bears.

    AG J.B. Van Hollen Introduces the Fly Effect
  • AG Van Hollen Supports Federal Bill Providing Restitution to Child Pornography Victims

    AG Van Hollen has joined 43 other attorneys general in support of federal legislation that would allow full restitution to victims of child pornography to pay for needed resources including therapy, medical care, lost wages and other services.  The National Association of Attorneys General sent the letter to the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a House Judiciary Subcommittee.

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  • Detection Canine “Addie” Remembered for Contributions, Deeply Missed by MEG Unit

    AG Van Hollen, the DOJ and the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) Unit are mourning the loss of the Unit’s Drug Detection Canine “Addie,” who passed away Oct. 28, 2014, after serving the Unit for several years.  Due to Addie’s efforts, significant quantities of dangerous drugs were removed from the streets of the Fox Valley, making the community safer and stronger.

    Drug detection canine, Addie

A Dangerous Epidemic

Traditionally thought of as a problem confined to big cities, desperate people and dark alleys, heroin has found a new foothold in Wisconsin's small towns and suburban communities.

Open Government

The Open Meetings Law and Public Records Law endeavor to open the workings of government to the public, shed light on government actions and, in the process, strengthen our democracy.

Silver Alert Program

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of WI reports at least 116,000 people statewide suffer from dementia, with more than half likely to wander. Silver Alerts notify the public when a vulnerable senior is missing.

Concealed Carry Law

Permanent rules effective June 1, 2013, decreased application fee and refined definition of firearms safety and training course…

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is a crime that involves obtaining or maintaining the labor or services of another through the use of force, fraud or coercion. Trafficked victims are...

Protecting Our Children

In September 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice began a national Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force program to...