La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) - The La Crosse County Chemical Health and Justice Sanctions (CHJS) Program was honored with an Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award. The Award is presented by the National Criminal Justice Association to programs that succeed in decreasing recidivism and jail population.
La Crosse County's program serves criminal justice clients and provides cost-effective services to reduce the jail population and recidivism. Services include cognitive-behavioral treatment, random drug and alcohol testing, electronic monitoring, employment services and gender-specific programming.
"Started in 1995, La Crosse County's Chemical Health and Justice Sanctions program was initiated on the belief of the County Board that criminal justice services could be conducted with better results by focusing on evidence-based practices for criminal justice clients," said Matt Raymer, the criminal justice program analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. "With the principle goals of reducing recidivism and reducing the jail population without decreasing public safety, this program has been a model for other counties in Wisconsin as they work to incorporate evidence-based programs and practices into their local criminal justice systems."
According to a release, the CHJS has proved itself incredibly cost-effective: the cost per day for someone in the CHJS program is less than $23 per day, while the cost to incarcerate someone in the La Crosse County Jail is $100 per day. Additionally, the program has reduced the average daily jail population by 35 percent since 2001.
The NCJA Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Awards are a way to seek out and share successful criminal justice programs.
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