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Conditional Release Program

The Conditional Release Program provides community supervision and supports to people living with a mental illness who have committed a crime. It is a national leader in the community supervision and support of people found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. The majority of clients on conditional release in Wisconsin committed a felony crime.

Court-ordered community placement

Conditional Release Program clients are committed to the Department of Health Services. The committing court determines placement. Options include one of the mental health institutes managed by the Department of Health Services or directly into the community. Individuals placed at Mendota Mental Health Institute and Winnebago Mental Health Institute can petition for conditional release every six months.

The standard for conditional release in Wisconsin is dangerousness. That is, the court will deny conditional release if it finds clear and convincing evidence that the person would pose a significant risk of bodily harm to their well-being or to others or there is a significant risk of serious property damage if conditionally released.

Statewide program

A team of case managers provide services across all Wisconsin counties. These case managers assist clients in becoming successful and productive while keeping communities safe. A client's conditional release may be revoked if they violate the terms of their conditional release.

Information for victims

Victims who wish to register in the victim notification system should contact the District Attorney's Office in the county where the crime was prosecuted.




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Last revised November 18, 2021