Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Statewide Expansion of Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration in Wisconsin: A Cost Benefit Analysis

The authors predict the costs and benefits of expanding programs that provide drug and alcohol treatment and diversion from incarceration for non-violent criminal offenders in Wisconsin, which can alleviate overcrowding in corrections facilities and ease budget constraints. They recommend that Wisconsin invest $20 million annually in treatment alternatives and diversion programs, and allocate 75 percent of that funding to diversion programs and 25 percent to drug courts.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2012-004
  • Author(s): Anne Chapman, Colin Christopher, Tim Nardine, Karen Parkinson, Justin Rabbach, Nicole Thiher