State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $8 million* in state and local funds to Wisconsin.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $2,957,453
Justice Assistance Grant Program—15 Local Awards $1,318,359
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $4,037,060

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Wisconsin Department of Justice 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Byrne JAG Annual (State) Program $2,957,453

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Appleton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Equipment Project $25,941
City of Eau Claire 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $15,776
City of Fond du Lac 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $18,744
City of Green Bay 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program $54,037
City of Kenosha 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Kenosha Police Department Equipment and 2014 Kenosha Sheriff’s Department Equipment $33,463
City of Oshkosh 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Equipment to Promote Public Safety and Enhance Investigative Resources $23,420
City of Racine 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Equipment Project $44,116
City of Waukesha 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Technology to Aid in Identifying Criminal Associations $11,873
La Crosse Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 La Crosse Area JAG $19,395
Madison Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Law Enforcement Projects $108,034
Marathon County Sheriff’s Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Marathon County/City of Wausau 2014 Equipment Initiative $14,028
Milwaukee County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Milwaukee County 2014 JAG—Local $883,907
Polk County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Canine Purchase and Training Project $10,775
Rock County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Equipment Procurement and Gun/Gang Violence Reduction Project $38,383
Sheboygan County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Equipment Squads With Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and Building a Forensic Machine for Computer Evidence Collection and Analysis $16,467

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Center for Self-Sufficiency, Inc. 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Center for Self-Sufficiency Project 180 Second Chance Act Adult Mentoring Program $999,988
Connie Hutchison 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Wisconsin FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $33,703
Forest County Potawatomi Community 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Community Wellness Court Program $366,261
Ho-Chunk Nation 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Ho-Chunk Nation Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Intergovernmental Collaboration Project $150,000
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Corrections and Correctional Alternatives—Menominee Tribal Detention Facility Renovation $989,344
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Comprehensive Tribal Justice System-Wide Strategic Planning $75,000
Wisconsin Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Attaining Full Compliance With the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards $495,998
Wisconsin Department of Justice 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Wisconsin Treatment Court Standards Training and Technical Assistance Project $200,000
Wisconsin Department of Justice 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Wisconsin FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $149,540
Wisconsin Department of Justice 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 State of Wisconsin FY 2014 PREA Reallocation $77,714
Wisconsin Department of Justice 08/01/2013 – 07/31/2015 State of Wisconsin FY 2014 Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Reallocation $155,428
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Public Health Portal Enhancement Project $344,084

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 389

Sworn Officers: 12,504

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 86% of the 389 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 45% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 3 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 6 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 668 officers were assaulted (1.34% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Wisconsin*:

Crime 2012 2013
Violent Crime 16,064 15,961
Murder and Manslaughter 173 162
Forcible Rape** 1,219 2,983
Robbery 4,622 4,834
Aggravated Assault 10,050 9,278
Property Crime 140,513 125,688
Burglary 27,945 24,347
Larceny-Theft 104,352 93,953
Motor Vehicle Theft 8,216 7,388
*Because of changes in the state/local agency’s reporting practices, figures are not comparable to previous years’ data.
**Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (305,446) decreased 5.79% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 5.65% (8,002), and property-related arrests decreased 4.64% (36,871).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Circuit Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Municipal Court


Prisoner Admissions: 7,343
Prisoner Releases: 5,475
Total Prisoners: 22,471

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 20 adult institutions, 17 correctional centers, 3 juvenile facilities
Recidivism Rate*: 30.1%
Top Offenses: Violent, property, drug offense (FY 2014)

Source: Wisconsin Department of Corrections
*The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC) defines recidivism as the following: Following an episode of incarceration or supervision with the WI DOC, to commit a criminal offense that results in a new conviction and sentence to WI DOC custody or supervision.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), a RISS Center, serves Wisconsin. There are 188 Wisconsin criminal justice agencies that are members of MOCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In Wisconsin, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Implementation and expansion of specialty courts throughout the state as part of the state’s Treatment Alternatives to Diversion program. In 2013 and 2014, Byrne JAG funds supported 9 specialty court expansion grants and 2 initial implementation grants, including adult drug court, DUI courts, a mental health court, and a veterans court.

  • Crisis Intervention Team training for local law enforcement agencies. These funds have been available over the past 5 years, with FY 2014 Byrne JAG funding training for an additional 10 agencies.

  • Eighteen local drug and violent crime task forces. These multijurisdictional efforts cover 56 of the state’s 72 counties. Specifically, funds support an intertribal task force, which has representation from 10 of the state’s 12 tribal nations.

  • Implementation and expansion of pretrial diversion programs throughout the state as part of the Treatment Alternatives to Diversion program. Byrne JAG funds support 6 prosecutor-led pretrial diversion programs in Milwaukee, Dane, Fond du Lac, St. Croix, Winnebago, and Walworth Counties.

  • Development of a Web-based data management system for specialty courts and pretrial diversion programs funded through Byrne JAG and the state’s Treatment Alternatives to Diversion program. This new data management will give researchers a unified dataset upon which to build their evaluation efforts.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Management Services Bonnie Cyganek, Administrator

Wisconsin At-A-Glance

Total Population: 5,742,713
Population Under 18: 1,307,776
Population Over 65: 849,967

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation David S. Matthews, Administrator

Local Governments: 3,128
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 11
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: Greg Haanstad—Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee John W. Vaudreuil—Western District of Wisconsin, Madison Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Wisconsin Homeland Security Major General Donald P. Dunbar, Homeland Security Advisor and Adjutant General

Drug Courts: 59
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center