The state Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday that 13 criminal diversion programs across the state will receive grants this year.
The $1.5 million – allocated in the biennial budget passed this past year – was allocated to programs in 12 counties and one tribe. Known as Treatment Alternatives and Diversion, or TAD, programs, they seek to give defendants treatment instead of putting them behind bars.
The AG’s office stated in a news release that it received 36 proposals for the grant.
To properly pay for the rest of the requests, state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, introduced a bill last month to give the grant program an extra $3 million in the current biennial budget, so the programs that weren’t chosen also could be funded.
The bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Finance, but has not received a hearing.