The state legislature has used Justice Programs as a policy laboratory and has invested state funds to test new criminal justice approaches--such as Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD), and Assess Inform Measure (AIM). Justice Programs's connection to grant recipients provides a direct feedback loop for perceived criminal justice priorities and successful projects that result in greater efficiency at lower cost.
Justice Programs has also been a delivery vehicle for legislatively-identified needs and priorities. Its electronic grant management system, processes designed specifically for efficient money management, and consolidated management of multiple public safety grant programs make the agency uniquely suited to serve as a mechanism to quickly implement legislative intent. For example, the Justice Programs Unit rolled out the Digital Recording of Custodial Interrogations grant program and implemented the legislature's intent in a short time-frame. Similarly, Justice Programs effectively distributed state funds to local law enforcement for mobile data computers as part of the agency's implementation of the traffic stop data collection program.
Justice Programs awards six state-funded contracts to organizations that meet the geographical and other eligibility requirements outlined in the statutes 16.964(8)(a-c). These contracts are for the diversion of youths from gang activities into productive activities, including placement in appropriate educational, recreational, and employment programs, and for alcohol or other drug abuse education and treatment services for participants in that organization's youth diversion program.
Justice Programs administers the Beat Patrol grant program--which provides law enforcement salary and overtime funding for the ten cities that have the highest violent crime rate--as outlined in Wis. Stats.16.964(5).
Page updated: 08/21/2013