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Tips for Letters to the Editor

Rev. Jerry Hancock, a leader in our 11×15 Campaign, has written a compelling post as we move into the election season:

‘Soft on crime’ tactic works, but at a high cost
Use of the phrase demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the causes and problems of mass…




The long-awaited report on the Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) program is out. This is the program we worked for and got into the state budget about 6 years ago. Part of the law was that there needed to be a study of the efficacy and the impacts of the programs funded through TAD. This is that report. It confirms everything we have suspected, and this should be a great help as we move forward with the 11X15 campaign. I should also point out that our very own Gwen Gibson and Jerome Dillard have served on the TAD Advisory Committee.


The Office of Justice Assistance has released an evaluation of the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program covering January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2010. The program was originally established in seven counties. 2011 WI Act 32 allowed for ongoing funding and expansion to at least one new project site in 2012.

A total of 2,061 offenders were admitted to TAD in the four year period, with 1,856 discharged and 1,191 completing. TAD diversion projects had a completion rate of 66% and TAD treatment courts had a graduation rate of 55%. All seven TAD projects (BurnettCounty,WashburnCounty,WoodCounty,RockCounty,Milwaukee County,WashingtonCounty, andDaneCounty) had benefits to cost ratio of 1.93, or for every $1 spent a $1.93 benefit to the criminal justice system according to the report. The three diversion programs (Milwaukee County,WashingtonCounty, andDaneCounty) yielded a 2.08 ratio, with the four treatment courts yielding 1.35.

The TAD Advisory Committee made 15 recommendations for improvement to the TAD programs which may be found in the report.

Office of Justice Assistance Letter: http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/December11/1227/1227ojaletter.pdf

Evaluation Summary: tad-2011-evaluation-report-exec-summary

Complete Evaluation Report:

New Yorker  Magazine Article
The Link below is to an article about Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America from The New Yorker magazine

MASS Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America : The New Yorker

Ways To Start A Conversation About 11×15
A resource of information and talking points to begin a conversation in your organization, group, or with your friends. PFD Looking For A Way To Start A Conversation About 11×15

11 x 15 PowerPoint Presentation
This is the PowerPoint that WISDOM leaders have been using to give 11×15 presentations in their congregations and communities. 11X15 Powerpoint Feb 2012

Successful, bipartisan criminal justice reform initiatives adopted in conservative states.
ACLU report: Promising Beginnings: Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform in Key States.

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