Proud and Innovative Programs
Milwaukee County Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Program
Using Byrne JAG Recovery Act funds, Wisconsin’s Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) uses risk and needs assessments to divert defendants into treatment programs that target non-violent adult and juvenile offenders in order to reduce costs to the criminal justice system and allow resources to be directed to more serious and violent offenders. Funds help the Milwaukee County Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program, which diverts defendants’ jail time into alcohol or other drug abuse treatment programs. When defendants have successfully completed the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program, the charges are dismissed. In the past two years, 702 defendants in Milwaukee County entered into a deferred prosecution agreement via the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program. To learn more about this program, click here.
Byrne JAG Recovery Act funds support five misdemeanor diversion programs across the state of Wisconsin. These programs target non-violent offenders with restorative justice principles, reasonable restitution requirements, and reinstatement of motor vehicle operation privileges.
Youthful Offender Programs
Byrne JAG Recovery Act funds support nine Youthful Offender Programs in Wisconsin, including Nova Services in Washington County. This initiative collaborates with other counties and social service agencies to prevent juvenile delinquency by offering job training and employment placement services and has inspired more agencies in the community to get involved in similar programs.
Assess, Inform, Measure
AIM: Assess, Inform, Measure is a model program based on specific design elements intended to improve the quality and scope of information provided to the court, including: risk, criminogenic needs, and responsivity assessment and the availability of community- based treatment programs that address the assessed needs and reduce risk to the community. The AIM concept includes constant monitoring of program effectiveness and performance of individual service providers. This program requires data collection and reporting that will allow all AIM pilot projects to report consistent and comparable data across the state. To learn more about the AIM program, click here.