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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Grant Awards for New Drug Courts and Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Projects

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced grant awards to 13 counties and one tribe for the establishment of specialty court and pre-trial diversion projects. The funding is part of the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program, also known as “TAD,” and is used by counties to establish programs to address non-violent offenders at higher risk of re-offending.  Through a highly competitive application process, 13 counties and one Indian tribe of Wisconsin were selected to receive grant funding to establish local projects.


“I’m pleased we’re able to expand this cost-efficient and highly effective program into other counties,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “These programs improve public safety, reduce recidivism and ensure accountability while meeting the needs of offenders with a history of substance abuse.”


Through rigorous program evaluation, the TAD program has proven to be effective at both increasing public safety while also reducing costs of local criminal justice systems.  Eighty-one percent of TAD graduates did not have any new convictions after three years and 97% of TAD graduates stayed out of state prison after completing their TAD program. While greatly reducing these recidivism rates, local TAD projects also save on average $1.93 for every one dollar invested.


A 15-member peer review panel assessed proposals from 22 applicants for the latest round of TAD funding (2013 Wisconsin Act 197).  Based on the recommendations of the review panel, the successful projects will be located in the following areas.


Brown County $139,006

Chippewa County $91,236

Fond du Lac County $46,807

Grant County $101,840

Iowa County $60,648

Jackson County $98,439

La Crosse County $147,268

Marquette County $112,171

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin $148,710

Outagamie County $157,825

Ozaukee County $95,120

Racine County $92,494

Rusk County $122,436

Taylor County $86,000


More information from the funding solicitation is available here.