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WUWM Project Milwaukee series

WUWM Project Milwaukee six month special series on "Black Men in Prison" is examining the causes and consequences of Wisconsin's high rate of black male incarceration. See program listings below.
BBC investigation

Franz Strasser of the BBC investigates Wisconsin's high incarceration rate for African Americans with interviews of Lois Quinn, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, and Project Return staff. (5 min. video)

community forum

Community forum sponsored by MPTV and WUWM at 26th and Center addresses how Wisconsin's high rate of African American male imprisonment affects the community. Panelists Rev. Willie Brisco, Rev. Mark Evans, Torre Jackson, and E. Michael McCann say jobs are the number one issue. A religious leader calls Wisconsin's disproportionate incarceration of black males an "undeclared state of emergency." (1 hr. 30 min.)

Forum photo MPTV Fourth Street Forum on "Black Men in Prison: Exploring the Crisis, Changing the Outcome." Denise Callaway of Milwaukee Public Schools moderates a panel discussion and community forum with LaToya Dennis of WUWM, Lois Quinn of UWM-ETI, and Clem Richardson of Project Return. (57 min. video)

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Bruce Murphy of Urban Milwaukee on income inequality among working families in Milwaukee County and few minority workers employed by large Milwaukee area construction firms. Murphy calls Wisconsin "no country for black men" when it comes to sentencing and drug enforcement.

photo of Pawasarat on WisconsinEye video

Steve Walters' WisconsinEye interview of Pawasarat on job training, prison diversion, and driver's license policies to address high rates of incarceration and job prospects for African American men from Milwaukee. (33 min. video)

James Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Columnist James Causey tackles issues related to Wisconsin's mass incarceration of black males, including trauma among inmates and inner city youth, life sentences, unemployment, need for more drug treatment options, housing segregation, addressing homicides, and a proposed minority impact bill.

John Pawasarat guest editorial on "Mass incarceration of black males must stop"

Our Issues broadcast

Andrea Williams, executive producer of Our Issues Milwaukee on MVTV CW18 and My24, addresses mass incarceration in Milwaukee and Wisconsin (part 1 - 17 min.) and needs of ex-offenders after release (part 2 - 11 min.).

Black Nouveau on MPTV

Joanne Williams of MPTV and LaToya Dennis of WUWM investigate conditions leading to incarceration levels in Milwaukee on "Black Nouveau" (Program #2209). Program #2225 interviews ex-prisoners on their experiences, lack of programs in prison, and suggestions for helping young men avoid prison. ¡Adelante! talks to Project Return staff and an ex-offender addressing challenges facing men on re-entry.
Cheryl Corley

Gene Demby

Cheryl Corley of National Public Radio talks to John Pawasarat, District Attorney John Chisholm, a spokesperson for churches allied to reduce Wisconsin incarceration levels, and Milwaukee ex-offenders in her exploration of why Wisconsin's black male prison rates are so far above other states. (5 min. audio)

Gene Demby of NPR highlights key issues.

NPR "Tell Me More" interview with Lena Taylor discusses "ground zero" zipcode 53206. Marc Mauer talks about disproportionate drug law arrest and sentencing policies (11 min. audio)

WPR Kathleen Dunn Show

The Kathleen Dunn Show on Wisconsin Public Radio with Pawasarat and Rev. Willie Briscoe talking about labor force needs of ex-offenders and community alternatives to incarceration. (1 hr. audio)

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Special Report by Rick Brown of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service: on "Mounting fines for minor infractions hit low-income drivers hardest"
WUWM logo WUWM Project Milwaukee series on "Black Men in Prison






more news

The Sentencing Project on "Wisconsin leads nation in black male incarceration rates"

Shepherd Express calls Wisconsin's incarceration rate "shocking."

The People's Mic (92.1 FM Madison, WI) interviews Marc Mauer about prison sentencing and his book "Race to Incarcerate."

Lily Bolourian of Policymic.com discusses Obama administration's plans to pivot the "War on Drugs" away from criminalization towards treatment.

BET on racial disparities in the prison system.

The Cap Times interviews Pamela Oliver of UW-Madison.

The BizTimes coverage of the ETI report.

UW-Madison Badger Herald looks at Wisconsin's drug sentencing laws.

Eugene Kane on "A dubious national title: Number one in locking up black men".

Dave Begel on "Wisconsin's a tough place to live if you are black"

Brennan Center newsletter examines unequal incarceration of poor defendants.

MPTV Black Nouveau: Joanne Williams and LaToya Dennis discuss black male Incarceration and ask why it has been ignored as a critical issue

¡Adelante! talks to Project Return about job opportunities for ex-offenders

MPTV Fourth Street Forum: Building a safe community for all

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