Wis. outspends Minnesota on prisons
MADISON – A new report says Minnesota has nearly twice the people on probation or parole as Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance study found Minnesota had 132,541 people on probation or parole as of 2007. Wisconsin had 70,216.
Wisconsin has more than twice the number of prison inmates. Wisconsin prisons housed 23,577 in 2008, compared with 9,964 in Minnesota prisons.
The report says Wisconsin arrests more people than Minnesota, Wisconsin has truth-in-sentencing provisions, and Minnesota has shifted toward probation and community-based programs for lesser offenses.
As a result, Wisconsin is spending far more on corrections than Minnesota. Wisconsin spent more than $1 billion in 2008. Minnesota spent about $460 million.