Kaul unveils Crime Fighting Budget with added funds for law enforcement

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul unveiled his latest Crime Fighting Budget Tuesday, which includes a request for added funding for law enforcement.

Kaul said the 2023-2025 budget will also use investments to keep children safe and fight to reduce opioid deaths in Wisconsin. That includes additional money for the Department of Justice’s Treatment Alternatives and Diversion program.

“In the last two budgets, the Governor and Legislature made important investments in public safety,” Kaul said. “But there is still work to be done to make up for decades of underfunding of the criminal justice system.”

The budget proposes funding a 24-hour hate crime hotline, and grant programs to help violence prevention and victim services. It also asks for more money to give grants to local law enforcement agencies meant to support community policing and prosecution.

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 the DOJ’s services and 3% would support continuing operations.