Almost All Out-of-State Prisoners Back In Wisconsin

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The state of Wisconsin has brought all but about 50 inmates back to the state from out-of-state prisons.

That's five years after more than five thousand were being held in Oklahoma, Minnesota, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Wisconsin first began sending inmates out of state in 1996 to privately run facilities in order to alleviate overcrowding in the state prison system.

Corrections Secretary Matt Frank says having prisoners out of state makes it difficult for them to keep "positive links" with family that can prevent them from re-offending once they are released.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the only inmates not back in Wisconsin are 53 prisoners enrolled in a treatment program in a privately run prison in Minnesota. Corrections officials want them to complete the program before returning.