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Title: Alternatives to Jail - A Two-Year Pilot Study Conducted in the Milwaukee County (Wisconsin) Women's Jail
Corporate Author: Benedict Ctr for Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 39
Sponsoring Agency: Benedict Ctr for Criminal Justice
Milwaukee, WI 53233
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This 2-year study of the Milwaukee County Women's Jail (Wisconsin) concluded that overcrowding in the jail can and should be eliminated by using alternatives outside the jail.
Abstract: The study focused on women who were waiting in jail for their trials. A total of 110 women were assisted in getting an earlier release, saving an estimated 2,243 pretrial detention days and 323 months of sentence at a cost of over $.5 million. Many women supervised and/or assisted in finding housing, employment, education, and physical and mental health services, which provide alternatives to crime by helping people become productive citizens. Half of the women were helped by making telephone calls for them to their families and friends for bail. The worst gap identified was in the area of mental health services. Tables, graphs, footnotes, and appended study instruments are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Female offenders; Jails; Overcrowding; Wisconsin
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