Dane County releases analysis of jail population; ‘stress test’ conducted for inmate reductions

Dane County released an analysis of jail population on Thursday and conducted a “stress test” to look at strategies for inmate reduction.

The Dane County Criminal Justice Council retained the JFA Institute to finish a stress test that would help understand the size and attributes behind jail population.

“This stress test is exactly the type of evidence-based analysis the county needs to move forward,” said County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan. “That said, as we take action to reduce our jail population, Dane County must also reduce racial inequity throughout the criminal justice system.”

“Success will be measured not only by the size of the jail population, but also by decreasing the number of people of color who are incarcerated in our county,” Corrigan said.

The analysis showed that Dane County has higher performance than many jurisdictions when it comes to limiting its use of jail incarceration. The county’s per capita incarceration rate is 154 per 100,000 population, compared to the 2017 national average of 229 per 100,000.

“We are building a smaller, safer, more humane jail and in order to safely lower our population even more, requires all of us in the criminal justice system working together,” said Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney.

For more information about the Dane County Criminal Justice Council and the JFA Report, go to https://cjc.countyofdane.com/.

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