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.


  • Course: Cost-Benefit Analysis Public Affairs 881 taught by David Weimer, Fall 2011
  • Authors: Anne Chapman, Colin Christopher, Tim Nardine, Karen Parkinson, Justin Rabbach, Nicole Thiher
  • Client: Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
  • Series: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2012-004

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