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Though Wisconsin has the unfortunate distinction of having the country's highest rate of black male incarceration, it does fall in line with national trends.

Scores of adults reach out every day to help young people in some of Milwaukee's poorest neighborhoods.

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Larry Jackson's first run-in with the law was a stint in a juvenile facility at nine-years-old.  Since then, the Milwaukee man's been in and out of prison, spending about 20 years total behind bars.

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The news that Wisconsin has the highest rate in the country of incarceration among African-American men continues to reverberate and many are asking why.

In 2010, one in eight working-age black men in Wisconsin was in prison. WUWM News meets one of them.

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A UW-Milwaukee study released this year shows Wisconsin has the country’s highest rate of black male incarceration, by far.

Black Men in Prison: Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars, and what are the costs?

In the 2010 Census, Wisconsin had the highest percentage of incarcerated black men in the nation. One of every eight black men of working age is behind bars. In Milwaukee County, more than half of African American men in their thirties have served time in prison.

Cynthia Hoffman

All week we’ve been airing a special series, Project Milwaukee: Power Switch, which has been exploring the promise and reality of green energy in Wisconsin.

Ann-Elise Henzl

A few years back, some people in Wisconsin banked big time on corn.

Homeowners have asked how they can reduce their carbon footprint. So we visited a few people who’ve taken a deep give into green living, and they shared their experiences.

Designer: Green Building the Way of the Future

Jun 13, 2013
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Green building is picking up energy.

Sister Janet Weyker has more than a peripheral interest in renewable energy. The Racine Dominican nun runs a facility dedicated to “eco-justice”.

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Wisconsin has been a leader in some aspects of the green energy movement.

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Jamie Lynn Fletcher's voice is perhaps an unlikely addition to our Project Milwaukee series on clean energy.

As we’ve heard on our Project Milwaukee series this week, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate 10 percent of their electrical power by renewable sources – such biomass, wind – and solar.  That last source has been harnessed for decades.  But only recently have its costs come down enough to make wider-spread use more appealing. 

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