Wisconsin Mental Health Court keeping people out of jail, saving money
"There is evidence the program is working. The first graduate of the two-year program had 17 convictions in the three years before joining the court. Since then, he's had zero. The court is also saving the county money. To house one person in the county jail costs around $57-thousand. To get someone through the mental court program costs the county just $4-tousand. In the two years since the program was implemented, it is estimated the county has saved around $143-thousand."