January 21, 2018
INMATE 501: Converging Crises in Wisconsin Adult and Juvenile Prisons
State Rep. Evan Goyke will address prison overcrowding and justice reform in Wisconsin on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 3pm at Turner Hall, 1038 N. 4th Street in Milwaukee. The event, “Inmate 501: Converging Crises in Wisconsin Adult and Juvenile Prisons,” will also feature a panel of three persons from Wisconsin who were formerly incarcerated in and out of the state. The event is free and open to the public, as part of the Confronting Mass Incarceration community conversations initiated by the Milwaukee Turners, with the goal of cutting the state’s prison population in half within ten years.
Rep. Goyke was an original proponent of the idea, recently adopted by Governor Walker, to close the troubled juvenile Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile prisons and open five smaller, regional juvenile institutions. The existing compound would be re-purposed as a badly needed adult treatment center. Three Wisconsin residents who were incarcerated in and out of the state – James Cross, Daniel Monge and Minister William E. Harrell – will join Goyke for his presentation and to discuss the issues and needs of the corrections system and how it must be changed to drive down the prison population, avoid re-sending confined persons out of state, and reduce the community-to-prison cycle.
Wisconsin spends more on its prison system than it does on higher education. “Reducing the state’s burgeoning prison population would have positive impacts on families, poverty, economic growth and civic fairness. Doing so would require new approaches and innovative ideas from affected communities, including those with firsthand knowledge of prisons in Wisconsin: inmates, prison staff, and the formerly incarcerated,” observed Milwaukee Turners President Art Heitzer. “We invite the public to join us to better understand the cost of mass incarceration and how to reverse it.
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