You can read the full report here: Prison Price Tag: The High Cost of Wisconsin’s Corrections Policies.
With more than 2,600 old law parole eligible inmates costing the state over 100 Million annually, the rising inmate population (500 more in the last 2 years), and staff shortages causing increases in overtime pay and reducing the safety of Wisconsin prisons, one would think the assembly would be compelled to make a change. Many of the old law parole inmates have completed their programs and are now sitting “Dead” time in Wisconsin minimum institutions. Year after year, those released on parole have also proven to have the lowest rate of recidivism of all release types. Wisconsin should look toward releasing the old law inmates who are rehabilitated in order to help reduce the money spent on incarceration, lower the amount spent on for guards and improve the safety of prisons that are quickly becoming overcrowded.
Recidivism Rates: (bottom of page 11)
WI DOC Old Law Inmate reports:
2013 ~ http://doc.wi.gov/Documents/WEB/ABOUT/DATARESEARCH/NOTABLESTATISTICS/WISDOM_pp_website.pdf
2014 ~ http://doc.wi.gov/Documents/WEB/ABOUT/DATARESEARCH/NOTABLESTATISTICS/Parole%2012-31-2014_final.pdf
Information on staff shortage:
“DOC officials admit its vacancies are growing, up to 403 this Spring.”
Information on inmate population rise:
October 2015 DOC population report ~ http://doc.wi.gov/Documents/WEB/ABOUT/DATARESEARCH/NOTABLESTATISTICS/FRIDAYREPORTS/fri_10_09_2015.pdf
October 2014 DOC population report ~ http://doc.wi.gov/Documents/WEB/ABOUT/DATARESEARCH/NOTABLESTATISTICS/FRIDAYREPORTS/fri_10_10_2014.pdf
October 2013 DOC population report ~ http://doc.wi.gov/Documents/WEB/ABOUT/DATARESEARCH/NOTABLESTATISTICS/FRIDAYREPORTS/fri_10_11_2013.pdf
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