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Incarceration Epidemic: Crisis in Wisconsin

From site: News & Events

Date: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Location: Wilson Theatre,
Mayer Hall

Contact: Bill Conover, 608-363-2389

Wisconsin’s incarceration rate is far too high, causing great damage to the citizens, families and social fabric of Beloit and Rock County.  Costs have risen dramatically, from under $200 million per year in 1990 to more than $1.3 billion in 2011.  The majority of inmates in our prisons have no history of violence.  Many suffer from mental illness and/or addictions.  Most are people of color and an inordinate number come from backgrounds of poverty.

This forum will explore the current situation, highlight effective alternatives to incarceration (such as drug treatment courts, mental health courts, day report centers, and universal screening), and introduce attendees to the much needed political reforms they can advocate with elected representatives.

Panelists include:
Regina Dunkin, Rock County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Robert Spoden, Rock County Sheriff
Charles Westerberg, Professor of Sociology
Erick Williams, Community Action Pathways Center

Moderator:  David Liners, Director of WISDOM, congregation-based community organizer in WI

Incarceration Epidemic is co-sponsored by Beloit Better Together, a student interfaith group affiliated with the Spiritual Life Program, and JOB (Justice Overcoming Borders), a local faith-based grassroots community organizing group affiliated with WISDOM.


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