The forces and friends driving the Campaign to Close the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility gathered last night at Hephatha Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, to mark their successes in the fight to close this sweat box unfit for humans.
MSDF is an irredeemable torture chamber. It represents how mass supervision fuels mass incarceration. It was built to warehouse people alleged to have violated rules of probation or parole – infractions like missing an appointment or being late for curfew. MSDF is taking lives and destroying communities
This campaign has shifted the conversation in Wisconsin. Since we launched the campaign a year ago:
- 5,000 people have signed the petition
- 8 candidates for governor publicly supported the idea at a forum attended by 700 people in Waukesha last month
- 40 coalition local, state and national partners committed to working with us
- Other righteous campaigns nationwide (for example, #closeRikers, #closetheCreek) are making great strides against similar inhumane institutions
Last night at the 1-year anniversary event, people witnessed to their experiences of wrongful incarceration by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and coalition members stated their commitments, plans and demands. Continue reading “Marking progress and renewing the call to action at the 1-year mark of the fight to close Wisconsin’s torture chamber”