Our Human Impact Partners have created a new video on what Wisconsin’s over incarceration does to individuals, families and our communities. View the video here.
Treatment Instead of Prison HIA
Alternatives to prison for non-violent offenders in Wisconsin
Wisconsin, like other states, is locking up growing numbers of non-violent drug and alcohol offenders. These people need treatment – not prison, where they’re unlikely to get help. Prison disrupts families, increases recidivism, makes communities less safe, and costs far more than treatment. WISDOM, a statewide congregation-based network, is campaigning to cut Wisconsin’s prison population in half by expanding access to treatment programs.
Wisconsin Health Impact Assessment
HEALTHIER LIVES, STRONGER FAMILIES, SAFER COMMUNITIES: How increasing funding for alternatives to prison will save lives and money in Wisconsin.
Human Impact Partners, in collaboration with WISDOM, conducted a year-long Health Impact Assessment from October 2011 – October 2012 of the predicted results of increasing funding for state Treatment Alternative Diversion (TAD) programs. These programs include drug and alcohol treatment courts, day reporting centers, mental health treatment courts and other initiatives, all based on the principle that public health issues, such as substance abuse and mental health problems, are at the root of many crimes.
The human impacts – prison terms avoided, families kept intact, lives given a second chance – are only part of the story. Alternatives to prison will make Wisconsin safer and also save Wisconsin money.
Health Impact Assessment is a combination of procedures, methods, and tools to systematically judge the potential – and sometimes unintended – effects of a proposed policy on the health of the population. HIA also looks at the distribution of those effects within the population. Finally, HIA identifies appropriate actions to manage those effects. For short descriptions of HIA, see this HIA Factsheet and 2 page description.
The HIA seeks to answer questions are what the health impacts of scaling up the current state funding of approximately $2 million that funds alternate programs in seven counties to $75 million across Wisconsin. To see the specific research questions and health outcomes, download the 11 X 15 Scope of Research.