MADISON, Wis. -Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul unveiled his latest crime-fighting budget on Tuesday, which includes a request for additional funding for law enforcement.
Kaul said the 2023-25 budget will also use investments to keep children safe and fight to reduce opioid-related deaths in Wisconsin. This includes additional funding for the Department of Justice’s Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program.
“In the last two budgets, the governor and the legislature have made significant investments in public safety,” Kaul said. “But there is still work to be done to make up for decades of underfunding in the criminal justice system.”
The budget proposes to fund a 24-hour hate crimes hotline and subsidize programs to help with violence prevention and victim services. He is also asking for more money to provide grants to local law enforcement agencies to support police and community prosecutions.
86% of the funds requested in the budget would be passed on to local law enforcement agencies and other organizations through grant programs. 11% of funds would go to expanding DOJ services and 3% would support ongoing operations.
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