Editorial: Intervention and prevention, 2 approaches to reform

Editorial: Intervention and prevention, 2 approaches to reform

As we continue to support efforts to make our criminal justice system more fair, humane and effective we were struck by two recent proposals.

The first comes from Dane County officials who said they plan to develop new strategies for diverting people with mental illnesses from jail. Participants will be trained in a comprehensive array of points before, during and after contact with law enforcement to divert people at the earliest point to more appropriate treatment settings. We need this, and it’ll help.

On the other hand, African American members of the Wisconsin State Legislature this week pointed out that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos failed to appoint a single black member to the new Wisconsin prison planning task force. That strikes us as unwise and stunningly insensitive. It’s also unacceptable.

The difference in the two approaches illustrates the state of corrections reform efforts.

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