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Employment and Training Institute research on
"Wisconsin's Mass Incarceration of African American Males" (2013)
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.
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)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Columnist James Causey has tackled issues related to
mass incarceration of black males:
Internet postings of criminal records
trauma among inmates and
inner city youth |
need for more drug treatment options |
housing segregation |
addressing homicides |
proposed minority impact bill.
John Pawasarat guest editorials on
"Mass incarceration of black males must stop"
"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)
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of
Colorblindness, addressed 1,800 community activists, concerned citizens, and students at Milwaukee Area
Technical College. Panel participant Darienne Driver, superintendent of
Milwaukee Public Schools, said "We can make positive changes, but it's going to take
everyone in this auditorium, everyone in this city."|
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, police, students, community activists, and
concerned residents. A
2-hour audio of the forum is also posted.|
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.)
Lois Quinn talked with James Causey about
Wisconsin's epidemic rates of black male incarceration outside Milwaukee. (9 min. video)
MPTV Black Nouveau special on solutions to black male incarceration
talked to Project Return staff and an ex-offender addressing challenges facing
men on re-entry.
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)
Bruce Murphy of Urban Milwaukee on income inequality among working families in Milwaukee
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.
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 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 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)
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)
Special reports by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service:
Black men bear the brunt of unequal enforcement of marijuana laws
Will universal drivers ed increase racial integration? |
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
A St. Louis college student's take on "how one Milwaukee zipcode explains America's mass incarceration
Former Milwaukee inmates: "I am more than my record." [a special WUWM web project]
The Milwaukee Shepherd Express on
Wisconsin's shocking incarceration rate |
Michelle Alexander on the crisis facing Milwaukee's black men:
"Our criminal justice system isn't colorblind -- or just" |
Out of prison, into the light: Caliph Muabel seeks to end the mass incarceration
of black men.
Media Milwaukee, UWM's student online reporting,
Black incarceration rate causes debated |
Media criminalized African-American
youth, Fromkin lecturer says |
Inmates fund scholarship for students |
Eat. Think. Liberate. |
Child left behind.
Madison Magazine on "A kid at the crossroads: Daishon Boyd is a smart and thriving high school freshman. But can he beat the odds stacked against him in a place where racial disparities are some the worst in the nation?"
The Beloit Daily News on "Wisconsin tops US in jailing of black men."
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.
UW-Madison Badger Herald looks at Wisconsin's drug sentencing laws.
Dave Begel on "Wisconsin's a tough place to live if you are black"
Brennan Center newsletter examined unequal incarceration of poor defendants.
Employment & Training Institute