LA CROSSE, WI -

The La Crosse County Chemical Health and Justice Sanctions (CHJS) Program won a regional award from the National Criminal Justice Association.

The Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Midwest Region was presented to the county during a conference in Chicago earlier this month.

The National Criminal Justice Association says the county’s program, which started in 1995, provides cognitive-behavioral treatment, random drug and alcohol testing, electronic monitoring, employment services and gender-specific programming.

"What the principle goals of reducing recidivism and reducing the jail population without decreasing public safety, this program has been a model for other counties in Wisconsin as they work to incorporate evidence-based programs and practices into their local criminal justice systems," Matt Raymer, the criminal justice program analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice said in a statement.