Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced $1.5 million in grant awards to 12 counties — including Kenosha County — and one tribe for the establishment of specialty court and pre-trial diversion projects. The funding is part of the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program, also known as “TAD,” and is used by counties to establish programs to address non-violent offenders at higher risk of re-offending. Through a highly competitive application process, 12 counties and one Indian tribe of Wisconsin were selected to receive grant funding to establish local projects.
“These programs have a proven track record of reducing recidivism, making good use of public dollars and meeting the needs of offenders while ensuring accountability,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “I’m pleased I was able to work with lawmakers to improve public safety in this manner.”
Through rigorous program evaluation, the TAD program has proven to be effective at both increasing public safety while also reducing costs of local criminal justice systems. Eighty-one percent of TAD graduates did not have any new convictions after three years and 97% of TAD graduates stayed out of state prison after completing their TAD program. While greatly reducing these recidivism rates, local TAD projects also save on average $1.93 for every one dollar invested.
A 15-member peer review panel assessed proposals from 36 applicants for the latest round of TAD funding. Kenosha County is set to receive $86,873 for a TAD project.