Spending less money on prisons, and more on rehabilitation. That’s one of the goals Governor Tony Evers has, in proposing a new state budget for Wisconsin.
The governor came to La Crosse on Thursday to support more funding for TAD programs…treatment alternatives and diversion.
Evers says the justice system is putting a strain on the state’s population.
“It has disproportionately impacted people of color, especially black and native men,” said the governor. “It has held back communities from success, whether it’s in education, workforce, healthcare, you name it.”
During a news conference at the La Crosse County administrative center, Evers said diversion programs are a way to give offenders new opportunities, which he says is the Wisconsin way.
Kim Joki is a diversion coordinator for the county, who believes the alternative programs help people “self-correct” their behavior.
“We’re there to help guide them through the process, which increases their odds of successfully completing the program,” said