How does your state measure up when it comes to establishing policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition?

Harm Reduction

Does the state permit access to clean syringes for people who inject drugs?

  • YES

Does the state have naloxone training & distribution programs available to the public at syringe exchange programs or other facilities?

  • YES

Does the state have a 911 Good Samaritan law?

  • YES

Does the state have legal methadone access?

  • YES


Are marijuana possession and use legal for medical purposes?

  • NO

What are the criminal penalties for marijuana possession?

Criminal Justice

How many people are arrested for a drug offense each year? 

  • 24,997

What are the racial disparities in arrest rates?

  • Total population (2011): 88.4% white, 7.2% black.
    Drug arrests (2011): 69.1% white, 27.7% black.

What happens to people’s voting rights when they become part of the criminal justice system?

  • Voting rights restored upon completion of sentence, including prison, parole and probation.

Treatment Instead of Prisons: A Roadmap for Sentencing and Correctional Policy in Wisconsin

January 30, 2006
Justice Strategies
Commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance

Subtitled "A Roadmap for Sentencing and Correctional Policy Reform in Wisconsin" and commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance, this report finds that Wisconsin policymakers could generate savings of four dollars for each dollar invested while achieving significant reductions in recidivism and substance abuse.

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