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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?