Evers faces tough sell on prison changes with GOP lawmakers

Gov.-elect Tony Evers has some big ideas about how to change Wisconsin’s overcrowded prison system, and aims to draw a stark contrast with Gov. Scott Walker, beginning with a pledge to visit the Lincoln Hills youth prison during his first week in office. The question is whether Republican legislators will let him make reforms. > AP News

Report: Record number of adults in Wisconsin prisons


Wisconsin’s prisons held a record number of adults in 2017 and the population will only continue to grow over the next two years, costing the state tens of millions of dollars, according to a report released last week. Data show that the state prison population rose 2.3 percent last year, and is projected to grow an additional 5.7 percent by 2021. > AP News

Walker has jailed African-Americans at nation’s highest rate, spent more on prisons than university system

Scott Walker’s 25 years of charting a corrections policy course in the state of Wisconsin implicate him in the catastrophe the adult and juvenile incarcerations across Wisconsin have become. With prison reform in the news and Walker’s own campaign attempting to demagogue on the issue, a fuller examination of his record is warranted. > Wisconsin Gazette

Eric Holder, Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes discuss criminal justice reform

Wisconsin State Rep. David Crowley organized a panel in Milwaukee last week with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers, and lieutenant governor candidate Mandela Barnes to speak about the need for criminal justice reform, particularly as it relates to race. > Milwaukee Courier

New report highlights disparities between Wisconsin arrest rates of black, white, Native American youth

The number of kids arrested in Wisconsin is declining, but only for white juveniles. A new report found that black youth are three times more likely, and Native American youth twice as likely, to be arrested in Wisconsin than their white peers. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker urges Senate to take up juvenile corrections bill despite leader’s concerns


Gov. Scott Walker said Monday the state Senate should take up a bill next week to overhaul the state’s juvenile corrections system in spite of serious doubts cast by the Senate leader about the bill’s future. Walker has made the bill a priority of his re-election campaign. > Wisconsin State Journal

Protest against proposed $350 million prison planned for Tuesday at Capitol


The explosion of the United States’ prison population – and the cost that has had on the American taxpayer – is well-documented. However, during a time when many states are reforming their broken criminal justice systems and closing down unneeded or unsafe prisons, the Wisconsin Legislature recently voted to build a new prison. > Madison365