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MPD: Arrest numbers have dropped by 5,000 since 2011

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The city of Madison is making changes to its criminal justice system to keep young adults out of jail and reduce the number of arrests police make.

During a new conference Wednesday, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Police Chief Mike Koval announced a significant drop in arrests over the last several years.

The announcement comes after Soglin attended a National League of Cities conference aimed at reducing jail populations.

In 2011, Madison police made 13,537 arrests. That number dropped to 8,310 in 2017. A significant drop occurred from 2015 to 2016, when arrests dropped from 10,312 to 8,760.

Soglin and Koval pointed to jail diversion and restorative justice programs, including the YWCA restorative justice programs, TimeBank's Youth Court Program, and Dane County Community Restorative Court.

The city also offers Madison-Area Recovery Initiative, which aims to divert offenders who suffer from addiction in the midst of the opioid crisis.

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