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 explored 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? What are possible solutions?

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Project Milwaukee
9:19 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Police Seek End to "Get Even" Violence

Capt. Tom Stigler (l) and Sgt. Louis Staton are assigned to Milwaukee Police Precinct Number Five at 4th and Locust St.
Credit Bob Bach

Milwaukee police are trying new ways of ending what they call "retaliatory" violence that often results in homicides.

A Milwaukee police commander disputes the contention that officers are stopping too many African American males.

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Project Milwaukee
11:12 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Police Say 'More Traffic Stops Mean Less Crime'

Milwaukee police say they have increased traffic stops by hundreds of thousands in the last seven years, causing a decrease in auto thefts and burglaries.
Credit Thinkstock.com

Milwaukee police say traffic stops help stabilize neighborhoods and protect personal property.

Traffic stops are just one of several strategies Milwaukee police are using to curtail disorder in high crime neighborhoods.

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Project Milwaukee
11:40 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Derelict Properties Often Havens For Wrongdoers

Abandoned homes in Milwaukee challenge law enforcement
Credit Bob Bach

Police officers spend countless hours trying to bring stability to neighborhoods burdened by disorder.

Milwaukee police must be vigilant to stop a myriad of illegal activities in vacant homes.

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Project Milwaukee
1:53 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Advocate: WI's High Rate of Incarcerating Black Men an "Undeclared State of Emergency"

Panelists Willie Brisco, Mark Evans, Torre Jackson and E. Michael McCann
Ann-Elise Henzl

MPTV's Joanne Williams and WUWM's Mitch Teich moderated the "Project Milwaukee: Black Men in Prison" community forum.

One of Milwaukee's most outspoken advocates for racial justice is calling Wisconsin's disproportionate incarceration of black men an "undeclared state of emergency."

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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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Regional
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

Credit Photos.com

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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Project Milwaukee
3:24 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Report: Nearly 100K Driver's Licenses Suspended Each Year in Milwaukee

Something as simple as a broken headlight can lead to a driver's license suspension.
Credit Automobile Association image

Milwaukee NNS reporter Rick Brown talks about his article with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Many of Milwaukee's poorest residents are dealing with a double-whammy when it comes to access to employment: poverty and suspended driving privileges.

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