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Could new treatment programs be on the way in Wisconsin?

What drug/alcohol treatment programs are available in the state’s criminal justice system can have big impacts on individuals accused of drug or alcohol-related crimes here in Wisconsin. It could have impacts on what options they have for trying to reduce the punishments they could end up facing and the negative impacts their situation could have on their life. It also could have impacts on how able those that are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction are to get the treatment they need to get their life back to where they want it to be.

So, understanding what such programs are present, what the rules for these programs are and whether the programs could have impacts in their case can be critical for a person when facing allegations of drunk driving or drug crimes. Skilled defense attorneys can help individuals facing these sorts of allegations have the right information when it comes to these matters and other important issues related to their case.

What alcohol and drug treatment programs the state has for convicted individuals can also have big impacts on the state as a whole. For example, it could impact recidivism and incarceration levels in the state. Incarceration levels can have very big effects on the state and its taxpayers, given the big costs that can go with incarceration.

Incarceration levels and costs are becoming a major area of concern lately here in Wisconsin, given the rising prison population in the state. Reportedly, Wisconsin’s prison system was designed to have a capacity of around 16,300 adult inmates. The state’s current prison population is well above that number, with estimates putting it at around 23,000. And the population is expected to grow further still. The predictions vary, with some putting the expected increase between now and 2019 in the hundreds, and others putting it in the thousands.

Among the things lawmakers and officials are looking into to try to put a check on the rising prison population in the state is expanding out treatment program opportunities. One wonders if the state will end up seeing new and expanded treatment programs in the next couple of years. If it does, one wonders what overall impacts the programs will have.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Wisconsin's rising prison population poses budget challenges,” Patrick Marley, March 17, 2017

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