Project Milwaukee

Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars? And, what are the costs?

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


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.



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


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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Project Milwaukee
5:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Black Men in Prison: Stories Behind the Statistics

Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin

For WUWM News, Susan Bence talks with Jarrell Stovall, Tomie Roberson and James Tombs.

Wisconsin incarcerates black men at staggering rates. WUWM's Susan Bence talks with eight men living the statistics. They are currently serving time at the Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The Role Poverty, Violence and Despair Play in Black Male Incarceration

Some men wind up behind bars, in part, because they come from environments where incarceration is common

Analysts and advocates say a wide variety of social and cultural factors contribute to the high rate of African American male incarceration in Wisconsin.

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Drug Policies From 1990s Led to High Numbers of Incarceration


A study released in spring shows the number of black men imprisoned in Wisconsin began to climb around 1990 and peaked in 2007.

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Project Milwaukee
12:22 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Wisconsin Followed Trend As U.S. Sent Higher Rate of Black Men to Prison

Black Americans are incarcerated at more than six times the rate of their white peers, according to Marc Mauer of The Sentencing Project.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Marc Mauer of The Sentencing Project.

Though Wisconsin has the unfortunate distinction of having the country's highest rate of black male incarceration, it does fall in line with national trends.

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