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 are exploring 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? The series will also investigate recommended solutions.

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WUWM & MPTV Town Hall Forum

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library

WUWM 89.7 FM Reports
on Morning Edition & Lake Effect

Milwaukee Public Television Broadcasts
on ¡Adelante!, Black Nouveau & 4th Street Forum

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1:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Inner-City Milwaukee Teens Reflect on Life Among Crime, Poverty

WUWM and MPTV held a panel discussion in Milwaukee on the state's high rate of black male incarceration.
Credit Susan Bence

In the final phase of our Project Milwaukee series on black men in prison, we’re examining efforts to reduce the numbers.

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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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