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Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is a Democrat, prosecutor, father, and lifelong Madison resident.  Ozanne has dedicated his career to public service, working to make our communities safer.


Ismael Ozanne is seeking re-election as our Dane County District Attorney.  He leads the second largest county, handling tens of thousands of cases per year.  Ismael and his office have prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases including OWI, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, child neglect, and homicide.

Ismael Ozanne was hired by then Dane County District Attorney Diane Nicks in 1998.  He moved from that role in 2008 to help lead the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, which oversees community corrections and Wisconsin’s prison system.  As Deputy Secretary, under then Secretary Rick Raemisch, he had oversight of the Department’s $1.2 billion budget, 10,000 employees, and managed daily operations with over 90,000 individuals in prison and community supervision statewide.  During his time at DOC, he worked to reduce racial disparities by emphasizing sound correctional practices proven to reduce recidivism.  In 2010, he was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle to lead the Dane County District Attorney’s office.

Ismael Ozanne is the first African American District Attorney in Wisconsin’s history.

District Attorney Ozanne has served on numerous boards including the Dane County Criminal Justice Council, the Association of State Prosecutors and the Dane County Bar Pro Bono Trust Fund Board, the Madison Community Foundation Board and the Red Caboose Day Care Center board.


In addition to ensuring individuals committing serious crimes in our community are held accountable, he also believes in being smart on crime.  He leads the deferred prosecution unit, sometimes referred to as the first offenders program, to allow low-risk, non-violent individuals to receive treatment instead of incarceration.  He created the “No Hit Zone” campaign in Dane County, which works to educate and help parents avoid corporal punishment for sound behavior-modifying techniques.  The Dane County Deferred Prosecution Child Physical Abuse Initiative aims to reduce the number of children who are abused by replacing current discipline with positive parenting practices.  Ismael Ozanne is also dedicated to the OWI Court, Drug Court, Veterans’ Court and other problem-solving courts in the county.


Ismael Ozanne has committed to a life of public service, a trait instilled in him by his parents and grandparents who had strong roots in labor and civil rights movements.  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, he began this journey.  Ismael Ozanne is a leader who understands that, in order to make our communities safer, we must improve the lives of the citizens of Dane County and across the state.  As a lifelong resident of Dane County, he wants to create a better world for his friends, his neighbors, and his family.  For that reason, he was one of the first to challenge Wisconsin Act 10, by defending the people’s right to access their government.  Wisconsin Act 10 was passed with less than two hours’ notice. He requested a Supreme Court Justice with ties to lawyers arguing the case step aside, an act the New York Times called “brave.”

Ismael Ozanne is a graduate Of Madison West High School, and an alumni of the University Of Wisconsin Law School.  He lives In Madison with his wife, Stacy, A Realtor with First Weber, and his two daughters, Ages 8 and 10.

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