Report: Time to Address Corrections Spending

The Capital Times
November 20, 2015

Before Republicans took control of state government in 2011, incarceration reform was a hot topic in the Legislature. But talk of reducing Wisconsin’s high rates of incarceration died quickly as moves were made to erase reforms. 

A state advocacy group is pushing to get corrections — and the $1.5 billion in annual state and local costs — back into the conversation.

A report released Thursday by the Wisconsin Budget Project, an initiative of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, says that prison spending in Wisconsin is now 12 percent more per capita than the national average, which translates into $27 more for every state resident.

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