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Making 3rd OWI a felony could cost state over $100 million

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It would cost just more than $100 million a year to make three-time drunken driving a felony in Wisconsin.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau says it reflects the costs of sending 3,000 more offenders to prison, plus the extra judges, prosecutors, and public defenders needed to handle those defendants.

Right now, only five-time drunken drivers and beyond go to prison if they're convicted.

Gov. Jim Doyle supported making three-time OWI a felony with prison time last spring.

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