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WUWM Project Milwaukee series

Employment and Training Institute research on "Wisconsin's Mass Incarceration of African American Males" (2013) and "Statewide Imprisonment of Black Men in Wisconsin" (2014)

WUWM and MPTV Project Milwaukee developed a six month special series on "Black Men in Prison" examining the causes and consequences of Wisconsin's high rate of black male incarceration.

See WUWM programs. | See MPTV programs.

community forum

An extraordinary community forum held in Milwaukee Library Centennial Hall, sponsored by WUWM and MPTV, explored solutions to Wisconsin's mass incarceration levels with over 400 religious leaders, parents of inmates, ex-offenders, students, community activists, and concerned residents. A 2-hour audio of the forum is also posted.
BBC investigation

Franz Strasser of the BBC investigated 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 the Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum: panelists Rev. Willie Brisco, Rev. Mark Evans, Torre Jackson, and E. Michael McCann said jobs are the number one issue and called Wisconsin's disproportionate incarceration of black males an "undeclared state of emergency." (1 hr. 30 min.)

Black Nouveau on MPTV

MPTV Black Nouveau special on solutions to black male incarceration (Program #2232). ¡Adelante! talks to Project Return staff and an ex-offender addressing challenges facing men on re-entry.
James Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Columnist James Causey has tackled 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.

See Milwaukee Journal Sentinel articles.

photo of Pawasarat on WisconsinEye video

John Pawasarat guest editorials on "Mass incarceration of black males must stop" and "The brutal facts: Too few jobs for too many job seekers"

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)

4th and State

Lois Quinn talks with James Causey about Wisconsin's epidemic rates of black male incarceration outside Milwaukee. (9 min. video)
Forum photo MPTV Fourth Street Forum on "Black Men in Prison: Exploring the Crisis, Changing the Outcome." Denise Callaway of Milwaukee Public Schools moderated 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 called Wisconsin "no country for black men" when it comes to sentencing and drug enforcement.

Our Issues broadcast

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

Today's TMJ4

Today's TMJ4 reported on the "53206 Initiative" to lower the number of black men in prison. "If we can bring opportunity, bring back jobs, bring back employment, bring back a sense of moral obligation, we can actually heal this," said Reverend Willie Brisco. (1:34 min. video)

Cheryl Corley

Gene Demby

Cheryl Corley of National Public Radio interviewed 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 highlighted key issues.

NPR "Tell Me More" interview with Lena Taylor discussed "ground zero" zipcode 53206. Marc Mauer talked 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 reports by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service:

"Black men bear the brunt of unequal enforcement of marijuana laws"

"Mounting fines for minor infractions hit low-income drivers hardest"

"Non-driving offences lead to license suspension for teens"

"Activist says 'we got this' when it comes to keeping black youth busy and safe"

53206 A St. Louis college student's take on "how one Milwaukee zipcode explains America's mass incarceration problem"

WUWM program Former Milwaukee inmates: "I am more than my record." [a special WUWM web project]
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 interview of 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 examined unequal incarceration of poor defendants.

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