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Wisconsin’s High Supervision Rate Can Cause—Rather Than Prevent—Longer Incarceration, Studies Show

Wisconsin Watch

By Izabela Zaluska

Revocations for rule violations — and not the commission of new crimes — is the No. 1 cause of incarceration in Wisconsin, accounting for 40 percent of new admissions, Wisconsin Department of Corrections figures show. Gov. Tony Evers, who is aiming for sharp reductions in the state’s prison population, said he wants to end these so-called crimeless revocations. The proportion of offenders reincarcerated for violating rules while on community supervision in Wisconsin has risen quickly. Such revocations made up 31% and 34% of new prison admissions in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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