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First Steps in Reforming Wisconsin's Prisons

posted Mar 7, 2015, 8:51 AM by Sophia Webmaster

NAOMI Leader Ron Alexander has a compelling column in the Wausau Daily Herald, "First Steps in Reforming Wisconsin's Prisons". 

He notes the success of Marathon County's OWI Court as well as Eau Claire County's specialty courts for mental health and for veterans.  These are samples of many such alternatives to prison sentences for individuals with treatable conditions that cause criminal behavior.  WISDOM has advocated for many of them across the state:  we need many more.

Alexander outlines ways the Department of Corrections can responsibly reduce our prison population by 1,500 inmates, thus freeing up $75 million to be used for more treatment alternative and diversion programs.

Read the article.  Then tell your state legislators that this should be included in the current deliberations of our state budget!

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