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.

Contribute Your Ideas
Do you have questions you'd like to have answered? Stories you'd like to share? Please share your questions and comments with us.

Pages

Regional
1:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Inner-City Milwaukee Teens Reflect on Life Among Crime, Poverty

WUWM and MPTV held a panel discussion in Milwaukee on the state's high rate of black male incarceration.
Credit Susan Bence

In the final phase of our Project Milwaukee series on black men in prison, we’re examining efforts to reduce the numbers.

Read more
Project Milwaukee
6:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Impact of High Black Male Incarceration Rate Reaches Across State

Homes next to the George Bray Neighborhood Center
Credit LaToya Dennis

While Milwaukee is the epicenter when it comes to the number of black men who’ve served time in Wisconsin’s prisons, it's not the only community feeling the pain.

Read more
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

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

Read more
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

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

Read more
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

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

Read more
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

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

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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

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.

Read more

Pages