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Diversion programs for low-level offenders save money, study shows

Brown County has specialty courts, but may consider other options to manage jail population

7:19 AM, Dec. 3, 2012
Brown County Circuit Court Judge Donald Zuidmulder presides over drug court on March 5, 2010.
Brown County Circuit Court Judge Donald Zuidmulder presides over drug court on March 5, 2010.
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If the state spent $75 million a year to support programs like Brown County's specialty courts, which cover low-level offenders who meet certain criteria, it would reduce prison and jail populations, lower crime rates and ultimately save money, according to a new study.

The report by WISDOM, a consortium of religious groups including JOSHUA and more than 100 congregations from around the state, enlisted the aid of Human Impact Partners, a California nonprofit study group, to look at the impact of diverting qualified offenders from the criminal justice system. The study didn't include ...

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