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Incarceration Alternatives Help "Trash" Crime

Over the last 10 years Running Rebels estimates more than $60 Million in taxpayer money was saved when intervention programs were favored over incarceration.

Administrators from the Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services Delinquency & Court Services Division (DCSD) were on hand as the Running Rebels community organization symbolically dumped crime paraphernalia like jail jumpsuits, handcuffs, crime tape and arrest records.

Running Rebels says court-ordered alternative programs offered through DCSD help reduce crime and save tax dollars. Over the last 10 years Running Rebels estimates more than $60 Million in taxpayer money was saved when intervention programs were favored over incarceration.

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Robert March 01, 2013 at 02:12 PM
And we could save even more if judges imposed more reasonable sentences rather than viewing every sentencing as requiring the max. Every year of prison costs Wisconsin taxpayers $38,000 per inmate. Minnesota, with virtually the same demographics and crime rate as Wisconsin, incarcerates less than half the inmates Wisconsin does, at a cost savings to taxpayers of about $350 MILLION.
Bob McBride March 01, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Imagine the money we'd save if we never put anyone in prison.
Jay Sykes March 01, 2013 at 04:55 PM
How about a Wisconsin version of the Australian Penal Colony? Apostle* Islands Penal Colony Maximum sentence 10 months, as Lake Superior freezes over just enough to escape in an SUV. *The term 'apostle' is derived from Classical Greek apóstolos; translation: 'one who is sent away'
Keith Lewis June 26, 2013 at 08:39 AM
We need a lot more of this and the USA would look a whole lot better!

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