Unfortunately, the drop in prison population is not due to things like compassionate release or sentencing reform. One of the primary reasons is criminal cases taking longer in the courts and other delays associated with the pandemic.
Nearly $6 million in public and private grants have been added to the effort to make education more accessible to Wisconsin inmates. According to University of Wisconsin System interim president Tommy Thompson, the initiative’s goal is to “break the back of recidivism”.
There is bipartisan agreement that the state’s correctional system is in trouble. Our prison population is unsustainably large due to over-prosecution. Throwing money at the problem will only be a short term resolution and will take funds away from the community. It’s time to find a new solution that does not involve mass incarceration.