Project Milwaukee: Black Men in Prison

WUWM & MPTV Special Series
Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars?
And, what are the costs?

In the 2010 Census, Wisconsin had the highest percentage of incarcerated black men in the nation. One out of every eight black men of working age is behind bars. In Milwaukee County, more than half of African American men in their thirties have served time in prison.

Over the course of six months, WUWM and MPTV explored Wisconsin's high rate of black male incarceration, through expert analysis and personal stories.

Why is the rate so high? How does imprisonment affect the men and their futures, as well as their families, neighborhoods and the region's economy? What are possible solutions?

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Project Milwaukee
12:14 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Milwaukee Moms Share Stories of Sons Lost to Gun Violence, Prison System

Two mothers share the stories of their sons and why they believe the criminal justice system is broken.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Milwaukee mothers Barbara Robinson and Afriqah Imani.

In their own ways, Milwaukee mothers Afriqah Imani and Barbara Robinson have both lost sons – Imani’s were killed by gunfire, and Robinson’s are serving hundred-year sentences in Wisconsin prisons.

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Project Milwaukee
10:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Former Milwaukee Inmates: 'I Am More Than My Record'

Carl Fuller of Milwaukee is a father of six, including two “lovely boys” and four “beautiful, beautiful” daughters. His necklace is a picture of a young Carl, and represents his attempt to return to “that innocence.” Fuller was found guilty of felony and misdemeanor cocaine possession, felony firearm possession, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, and misdemeanor battery, and spent time behind bars.
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Tens of thousands of black men living in Milwaukee have criminal records. In many people’s eyes, the men’s records define them. We asked how they define themselves. 

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Project Milwaukee
1:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Wisconsin Lawmakers Will Consider Alternatives To Prison For Non-Violent Offenders

State lawmakers will gather at the capitol this summer to consider alternatives to prison.
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Wisconsin’s prison population has swelled over the past four decades from 3,000 to well over 20,000.

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Project Milwaukee
11:04 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bi-Partisan Call in Wisconsin to Revisit 'Truth in Sentencing', Amid Swelling Prison Population

Two Milwaukee area Assemblymen think there could be thousands of inmates who would be better served with treatment
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A state Republican and a Democrat agree that Wisconsin's 'truth in sentencing' policy has produced unintended consequences and should be amended.

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Regional
1:02 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Counselors: Wisconsin Must Invest More Resources, Time into Helping Offenders with Mental Illnesses

Former inmate says plenty of young black men in Milwaukee need treatment for mental illnesses and trauma they've experienced in life.

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Project Milwaukee
9:16 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Forum: Numerous Changes Needed, if Wisconsin is to Reduce Black Male Incarceration

Moderators Mitch Teich and Joanne Williams with panelists Lois Quinn and Andre Brown

    

Dozens of people shared suggestions this week, for how to reduce the state's high rate of African American incarceration.

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Project Milwaukee
8:18 am
Wed May 21, 2014

A Life Of Caring, Mother Clara Cultivates Love and Hope On Her Milwaukee Block

Mother Clara with a young helper on orchard planting day.
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Over the last quarter century, one block at 1st and Center in Milwaukee has become an oasis. It took years of caring and prayers pouring out of Clara Atwater.

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Project Milwaukee
9:34 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Black Men in Prison Series: What We've Learned So Far

Wisconsin incarcerates a greater percentage of black men than any other state. One in every eight African American men of working age was in prison or jail at the time of the 2010 census.
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Project Milwaukee Executive Producer Ann-Elise Henzl talked with Bob Bach about some of the reasons for the state’s high rate of black male incarceration, as well as the impact of the numbers and some possible solutions.

In preparation for Tuesday night's town hall forum, WUWM reviews the causes and impact of Wisconsin's high rate of black male incarceration.

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Project Milwaukee
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Milwaukee Urban Farmer Hopes to Train Ex-Convicts Build Entrepreneurial Skills

Venice Williams hopes to set up urban farm on this city parcel.

The impact of Wisconsin’s high rate of incarcerated black men ripples through families and neighborhoods. We meet a woman determined to contribute to a solution through urban farms.

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Project Milwaukee
6:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Passion and Perseverance Can Help Overcome Poverty Mindset

Arlington Heights neighborhood in Milwaukee
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When people talk about poverty, it’s usually in reference to money, but poverty can encompass all aspects of life.

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