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1US WI: PUB LTE: Drug Program - Prison Alternative Beats Revolving DoorThu, 19 Aug 2004
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Augustine, Kay Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:08/18/2004

I read that Sen. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) advocated for expansion of the state's alternative to prison program in 2003 but that some Republican legislators are calling it a waste of state resources because only 19 of 400 men have successfully completed the program ("Drug program bears sparse fruit, critics say," Aug. 16). Rep. Mark Gundrum (R-New Berlin) said the program's success rate does not justify what state taxpayers are paying for it.

And what are we paying? The article said: "It costs $18,772 over two years to keep an offender in the alternative to prison program, compared with the $51,000 . . . it costs to keep someone in a state prison for two years." That means those 19 men saved the state $612,332 and in the process became productive citizens.

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