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
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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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

Milwaukee police say traffic stops help stabilize neighborhoods and protect personal property.

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

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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

Police officers spend countless hours trying to bring stability to neighborhoods burdened by disorder.

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

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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

MPTV's Joanne Williams and WUWM's Mitch Teich moderated the "Project Milwaukee: Black Men in Prison" community forum.

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

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