Black Men in Prison

Project Milwaukee
4:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Cutting WI's High Black Male Incarceration Rate: Progress, But a Long Way to Go

Over more than six months, WUWM reported on the reasons for the state’s high black male incarceration rate, the impact of the numbers, and possible solutions

It’s been one year since WUWM began an in-depth series on the state's high rate of African American male incarceration.

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Politics & Government
10:20 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Uneven Enforcement of Marijuana Laws and Racial Disparity

Wisconsin leads the nation in terms of racial disparity in the prison system, according to a study by the Employment and Training Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reporter Edgar Mendez examines the relationship between racial disparity and incarcerations for marijuana possession.
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A report last year by the American Civil Liberties Union tried to shed light on how the nation’s marijuana laws were being enforced differently, depending on demographic group.

That report came amid a changing climate in many parts of the country regarding the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana.

In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service examined disparities in marijuana law enforcement in the state’s major population centers.

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Project Milwaukee
12:14 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Milwaukee Moms Share Stories of Sons Lost to Gun Violence, Prison System

Two mothers share the stories of their sons and why they believe the criminal justice system is broken.
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In their own ways, Milwaukee mothers Afriqah Imani and Barbara Robinson have both lost sons – Imani’s were killed by gunfire, and Robinson’s are serving hundred-year sentences in Wisconsin prisons.

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Project Milwaukee
10:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Former Milwaukee Inmates: 'I Am More Than My Record'

Carl Fuller of Milwaukee is a father of six, including two “lovely boys” and four “beautiful, beautiful” daughters. His necklace is a picture of a young Carl, and represents his attempt to return to “that innocence.” Fuller was found guilty of felony and misdemeanor cocaine possession, felony firearm possession, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, and misdemeanor battery, and spent time behind bars.
Credit Cynthia Hoffman

Tens of thousands of black men living in Milwaukee have criminal records. In many people’s eyes, the men’s records define them. We asked how they define themselves. 

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Wisconsin Lawmakers Will Consider Alternatives To Prison For Non-Violent Offenders

State lawmakers will gather at the capitol this summer to consider alternatives to prison.
Credit Justin Kern

Wisconsin’s prison population has swelled over the past four decades from 3,000 to well over 20,000.

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Project Milwaukee
11:04 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bi-Partisan Call in Wisconsin to Revisit 'Truth in Sentencing', Amid Swelling Prison Population

Two Milwaukee area Assemblymen think there could be thousands of inmates who would be better served with treatment
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A state Republican and a Democrat agree that Wisconsin's 'truth in sentencing' policy has produced unintended consequences and should be amended.

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Regional
1:02 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Counselors: Wisconsin Must Invest More Resources, Time into Helping Offenders with Mental Illnesses

Former inmate says plenty of young black men in Milwaukee need treatment for mental illnesses and trauma they've experienced in life.

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Project Milwaukee
9:16 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Forum: Numerous Changes Needed, if Wisconsin is to Reduce Black Male Incarceration

Moderators Mitch Teich and Joanne Williams with panelists Lois Quinn and Andre Brown

    

Dozens of people shared suggestions this week, for how to reduce the state's high rate of African American incarceration.

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Project Milwaukee
8:18 am
Wed May 21, 2014

A Life Of Caring, Mother Clara Cultivates Love and Hope On Her Milwaukee Block

Mother Clara with a young helper on orchard planting day.
Credit S. Bence

Over the last quarter century, one block at 1st and Center in Milwaukee has become an oasis. It took years of caring and prayers pouring out of Clara Atwater.

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Project Milwaukee
9:34 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Black Men in Prison Series: What We've Learned So Far

Wisconsin incarcerates a greater percentage of black men than any other state. One in every eight African American men of working age was in prison or jail at the time of the 2010 census.
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In preparation for Tuesday night's town hall forum, WUWM reviews the causes and impact of Wisconsin's high rate of black male incarceration.

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