October 3, 2019
From Ferguson to the Finish Line: A Path Forward on Criminal Justice Reform
On October 3, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Ivy House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Justice Initiative hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Messenger for a talk titled “From Ferguson to the Finish Line: A Path Forward on Criminal Justice Reform.” Messenger is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s metro columnist and previously was editor of the paper’s editorial page. In 2019 Messenger won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his series of columns on debtors’ prisons in Missouri. He was a 2015 Pulitzer finalist for his series of editorials on Ferguson and won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for best editorials of that year. Messenger will speak on court reforms in Missouri following the events in Ferguson and the need to address the incarceration of the poor for unpaid fines and forfeitures. Following a question and answer session, local experts Emma Shakeshaft (ACLU of Wisconsin) and Carlo Esqueda (Dane County Clerk of Court) will provide a response relating Messenger’s talk to Wisconsin’s justice system.