Project Milwaukee

PROJECT MILWAUKEE: BLACK MEN IN PRISON
Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars? And, what are the costs?

WUWM & MPTV special series runs for six months - starting November 11, 2013.

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Springing from conversations with concerned community members, WUWM journalists developed Project Milwaukee -- in-depth reporting on vital issues in the region. Each Project Milwaukee consists of WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect producers teaming up to create a series of interviews and reports on a specific topic culminating in a public forum or live broadcast.

WUWM tackles subjects of importance to southeastern Wisconsin by focusing on issues that warrant extensive coverage. The topics chosen are based on concerns we've heard from residents and community leaders.

WUWM hopes that our coverage helps to further the understanding of broad, significant subjects, and encourages additional debate in the community.

WUWM's Project Milwaukee. Our region. Our future.

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PROJECT MILWAUKEE SERIES ARCHIVE

Power Switch - June 2013
The Promise and Reality of Green Energy in Wisconsin

Help Wanted - October 2012
Uncovering the Truth Behind Wisconsin's Skills Gap

State of Upheaval - December 2011

Southern Connections - June 2011
Cultivating a Regional Corridor

What's On Our Plate? - November 2010
The Impact of Wisconsin's Food Economy

Barriers to Achievement in MPS - June 2010

The Currency of Water - December 2009

Black & White - June 2009
Race Relations in Milwaukee

Wise Today, Well Tomorrow? - November 2008

Youth Violence - June 2008

Creating a Vibrant Regional Economy - November 2007

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Project Milwaukee
12:28 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents Behind Bars Help Fund Scholarships for Inmates' Kids

The Creative Corrections fund provides college scholarships for the children of inmates, who also contribute.
Credit Think Stock

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Percy Pitzer, founder of the Creative Corrections Education Foundation.

In the United States, some two million children are believed to have one or both parents behind bars.

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Project Milwaukee
10:33 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Milwaukee County's Drug Treatment Court Keeps Some Men Out of Prison

Judge Ellen Brostrom gives a Milwaukee County Drug Treatment Court graduate a framed inspirational message to help him carry forth on his journey of recovery.
Credit Bob Bach

Local court officials and others say despite program successes, demand for service outstrips resources.

Alcohol and drug addiction treatment efforts are helping keep certain non-violent offenders out of prison in Milwaukee County.

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Project Milwaukee
12:18 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Advocates: 3 Ways to Reduce Wisconsin's $1.2 Billion Corrections Budget

Two members of the Felmers Chaney Correctional Center Community Advisory Board offer suggestions for prison alternatives based on what has worked at the facility.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci and Real Talk contributor David Pate talk with Felmers Chaney Correctional Facility Advisory Board members R.L. McNeely and Joe Ellwanger.

Wisconsin needs to change its corrections policies in order to reduce the state’s prison population, two advisory board members of a Milwaukee area correctional facility say.

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Regional
1:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Milwaukee Men Get Skilled on Fatherhood

Alphonso Pettis (left) instructs a fatherhood program at the Milwaukee group, Next Door. Darnell Reid (right) is one of the participants.
Credit Erin Toner

As part of our ongoing Project Milwaukee series on black men in prison, we hear from men trying to steer their kids away from life on the streets.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Community Leaders Hope Job Training in Prison Will Bring Down The Numbers

Inmates take the forklifting exam at the House of Correction.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

In recent years, there’s been a push here to provide more education and job training opportunities while behind bars.

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Project Milwaukee
5:09 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Book: In Place of Slavery, Crime Statistics Were Used to Condemn African-Americans

The cover photo for Khalil Muhammad's book "The Condemnation of Blackness" was taken by Richard Hoe Lawrence and depicting what was called "A Downtown Morgue." It was included in Jacob Riis' "How the Other Half Lives."
Credit Richard Hoe Lawrence

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Khalil Gibran Muhammad on his book "The Condemnation of Blackness."

Reports that Wisconsin has the country's highest rate of incarcerating black men have sparked outrage and concern - including worries over how those statistics might be used to portray the state's black men. But it turns out these concerns are almost as old as the state itself.

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Project Milwaukee
2:43 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Milwaukee Father: My Time in Prison Doesn't Define Me

A Milwaukee man says not having his own dad around inspired him to grow as a father.
Credit Thinkstock.com

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci and "Real Talk" contributor David Pate talk to a Milwaukee father about life after prison.

Armando is a 36-year-old Milwaukeean, a certified carpenter, and a very proud dad. But he is also a former inmate of a state correctional facility.

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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.

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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.

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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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