Support is Building for Alternatives to Incarceration: Show YOUR support!

Counties around the state are considering resolutions calling for the state to increase Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) funding by $15 million per year. TAD is a state program that gives grants to counties so they can implement or expand programs for people with addictions and/or mental health issues. The program has been extensively studied, and has shown that every $1 spent on TAD saves taxpayers $2 in incarceration costs. Not only that, people who participate in TAD programs are less likely to commit another crime than people who spend time in jail or prison.

TAD saves money and keeps us safer: seems like a common sense way to invest money!

That is what County Boards around the state are saying. This week, three County Supervisors in Madison who have worked with MOSES (the WISDOM affiliate there) to craft a resolution calling for the state to increase TAD funding by $15 million. At least six other counties are looking to do the same thing.

As our state looks for ways to invest in the well-being of its people, a maximum investment in TAD makes a lot more sense than planning for new prisons. Before committing hundreds of millions for new prisons, our state should first put $15 million more into TAD. It can help Wisconsin stay in step with other states, both “red” and “blue” (like Texas, Michigan and New Jersey) that are closing prisons every year, and are watching their crime rates drop as they do.

To find out if your County Board is helping to promote a TAD increase, or to get involved in the campaign to reduce Wisconsin’s prison population, contact us at wisdomforjustice@gmail.com.

Thank you.

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