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Bi-partisan bill calls for criminals to pay for crime prevention efforts

Rep. Andre Jacque
Rep. Andre Jacque

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay area lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are getting behind a bill that would asses a surcharge on criminals to fund crime prevention efforts. 

Republican Andre Jacque says studies show for every dollar spent toward on crime prevention saves ten dollars in future costs of incarceration or treatment. The bill calls for a $20 surcharge for those found guilty or pleading no contest to criminal felony or misdemeanor charges. 

Jacque says last year, the surcharge would have brought in $90,000 for crime prevention efforts in Brown County alone.