Letter to Governor Evers

On Tuesday March 26th, CLOSEmsdf member organizations and allies will deliver a list of initiatives we expect Governor Evers’ office to act on to reduce and repair the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. We’re seeking more organizations to sign on to the letter and participate in the delivery action. Please contact Ben Turk, chair of the strategy and outreach committee at insurgent.ben@gmail.com if your organization wants to sign on. Find the full text of the letter here.

Why take this action?

We already gave a version of this document to the transition team back in January, it includes many things Evers promised to do on the campaign trail, but so far, we’ve been disappointed. For example:

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Scathing New Parole & Probation Report from Justice Lab at Columbia University, Prompts Updated Demands to Wisconsin’s Elected Officials from Directly Impacted Decarceration Advocates in the State and Nationally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Loretta Kane | 917-410-7242 | 202-365-3806 | Loretta@caminopr.com

Mark Rice | 608-843-0171 mark@justleadershipusa.org

 

Scathing New Parole & Probation Report from Justice Lab at Columbia University,

Prompts Updated Demands to Wisconsin’s Elected Officials from

Directly Impacted Decarceration Advocates in the State and Nationally

REPORT COMMISSIONED BY JUSTLEADERSHIPUSA, PROVES INJUSTICE AND URGENCY OF #CLOSEMSDF CAMPAIGN

January 22, 2019 – Madison, Wisconsin –#CLOSEmsdf Campaign leaders held a press conference today with researchers from the Justice Lab at Columbia University, with campaign leaders directly harmed by parole and probation in the state and partner organizations including WISDOM, EXPO (Ex-incarcerated People Organizing), IWOC (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee), and JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), to discuss report data and their updated campaign demands. The report asserts that across the country and particularly in Wisconsin, mass supervision fuels mass incarceration. Report findings and recommendations were revealed in Madison at the Capital today.

The report, titled Wisconsin Community Corrections Story, was commissioned by leading national organization, JustLeadershipUSA, as one of the organization’s key work areas for decarceration in 2019 is the issue of probation and parole which impacts its campaigns in California, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. More than 4 million people live on parole or probation in the United States – twice the number of people incarcerated. In Wisconsin these forms of supervision have become much too prevalent and invasive to families and communities across the state. The Columbia Justice Lab report makes it clear that a fundamental transformation of probation and parole is necessary not only in Wisconsin but across the country. Continue reading “Scathing New Parole & Probation Report from Justice Lab at Columbia University, Prompts Updated Demands to Wisconsin’s Elected Officials from Directly Impacted Decarceration Advocates in the State and Nationally”

Columbia Justice Lab Report on Mass Supervision in Wisconsin

Download the Full Report here, the Executive Summary here, and the Press Release here.

 

High Rates of Parole Supervision and Reincarceration Continue in Wisconsin
A new report by the Justice Lab at Columbia University confirms that over one-third of those entering Wisconsin prisons are incarcerated for technical violations.
Milwaukee – A new report released today by the Justice Lab at Columbia University has found that Wisconsin has unusually high rates of community corrections supervision and reincarceration, adding considerably to the state’s prison populations and costing Wisconsin taxpayers millions annually.

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