Project Milwaukee: Black Men in Prison

WUWM & MPTV Special Series
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 out 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.

Over the course of six months, WUWM and MPTV are exploring Wisconsin's high rate of black male incarceration, through expert analysis and personal stories.

Why is the rate so high? How does imprisonment affect the men and their futures, as well as their families, neighborhoods and the region's economy? The series will also investigate recommended solutions.

WUWM & MPTV Town Hall Forum

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library

WUWM 89.7 FM Reports
on Morning Edition & Lake Effect

Milwaukee Public Television Broadcasts
on ¡Adelante!, Black Nouveau & 4th Street Forum

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Black Male Incarceration Devastates Milwaukee Neighborhoods

Dennis Walton is helping to start a new neighborhood association in 53206.
Credit Erin Toner

There’s a part of Milwaukee where every residential block has multiple numbers of men who’ve served time in prison - the 53206 zip code on the city’s north side.

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6:00 am
Tue February 18, 2014

A Milwaukee Mother Reflects on Son's Life In and Out of Prison

Velma Tombs determined to be there for her son.

Wisconsin incarcerates black men at a rate higher than every other state. For thousands of parents this is more than a statistic. A mother shares her reflections.

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Project Milwaukee
6:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Felony Records Take Toll on Lives of Black Men

Marcus Lee says not being able to find work for the past four years makes it difficult for him to completely leave his old life behind.
Credit LaToya Dennis

Project Milwaukee: Black Men in Prison begins exploring how prison time affects the men and those around them.

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Project Milwaukee
3:34 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Chief Flynn Says Policing Not the Cause of High Rate of Black Male Incarceration


Writer Michael Holzman speaks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn talks about black male incarceration - and the leading storylines for the department in 2013 - with Mitch Teich.

A policy analyst and Milwaukee's Chief of Police offer sharply differing opinions on how law enforcement figures into why so many of Milwaukee's black men are in prison.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Role Driver’s Licenses Play in Black Male Incarceration

Staff at the CDLRE walk clients through the steps necessary to reinstate suspended licenses.
Credit Center for Driver's License Recovery and Employability

One issue that’s come up repeatedly in our Project Milwaukee interviews on the imprisonment of African American males is driving privileges.

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