Wisconsin Spending an Increasing Share of Its Money on Corrections

July 6, 2011

A new analysis by the Wisconsin Budget Project shows that Wisconsin is spending a greater share of its scarce revenue on corrections. The analysis also notes that Wisconsin spends far more than neighboring states on corrections, despite having similar violent crime rate. The result is that Wisconsin has fewer resources to invest in promoting the well-being of our communities.

According to this new issue Budget Project issue brief, state GPR spending on corrections increased over 9% between 2001 and 2010 in inflation-adjusted terms, while spending on other programs decreased by over 7%. Our neighbors Minnesota and Iowa spend far less on corrections than Wisconsin does on a per capita basis; state and local governments here spent 47 percent more on corrections in 2008 than was spent in Minnesota, and 75 percent more than in Iowa. Read the full press release.