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Recidivism rates down in Wisconsin

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The percentage of Wisconsin prisoners who commit new crimes after they get out has gone down in recent years. That's according to a new study by the Council of State Governments and the National Re-entry Resource Center.

Just over 56-percent of Wisconsin prisoners released in 2007 were back in prison within three years for new offenses. The recidivism rate dropped by about five-percent to 51, for prisoners released in 2010.

Tony Streveler of the state Corrections Department says there are a few reasons for the decline in repeat criminals. They include an increase in work initiative programs, treatment alternatives, diversion programs, better risk assessments, and extra community-based resources. Streveler says it all adds up to fewer crime victims at the hands of repeat criminals, and he's happy that Wisconsin is being recognized for its efforts.

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