Governor To Spend $50 Million In Federal Stimulus Funding On Crime Prevention

(Wisconsin) Governor Tony Evers is spending $50-million-dollars in federal stimulus funding in order to help reduce violence in the state. Calling it a public health issue much like COVID, Evers says more needs to be done to prevent violence before it starts. He adds (quote) “just like many states across the country Wisconsin is seeing an increase in substance use disorders and overdoses and more reports of mental health challenges like anxiety stress and depression.”

Much of that funding is going to Milwaukee where a rash of violence has plagued the city since the start of the pandemic. Funding will be used to clear a case backlog to both resolve crimes, but also move people currently being held on bail out of the county jail. Multiple Dodge County law enforcement agencies are also receiving funds including the sheriff’s office as well as police departments in Beaver Dam, Waupun, Mayville, Fox Lake, Horicon, Juneau, and Hustisford.


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