Black Men in Prison: Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars, and what are the costs?

Written by MCJStaff   // November 9, 2013   // 0 Comments

MILWAUKEE – In the 2010 Census, Wisconsin had the highest percentage of incarcerated black men in the nation. One 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.

WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee Public Radio and MPTV – Milwaukee Public Television are embarking on a collaboration to examine Wisconsin’s high rate of African American male incarceration. Over the course of six months, WUWM and MPTV will explore the issue, through expert analysis and personal stories of people involved in the criminal justice system. Initial reports will air during the week of November 11-15, 2013.

“WUWM is pleased to partner with MPTV,” said WUWM’s General Manager Dave Edwards. “Our participation in this collaboration allows us to expand our coverage of the issues and stories that affect our city, our state and our region. We are especially pleased about the broadened capability to investigate stories that have an impact on the future of our community.”

Said Ellis Bromberg, MPTV General Manager, “The stories we are working on as part of this special initiative are dramatic and often overlooked. Partnering with our colleagues at WUWM enables us to present these important issues to a wider audience through TV, radio and online.”

Reports will explore why the rate of black male incarceration is so high. Conversations will focus on how imprisonment affects not only the men and their futures, but also their families, neighborhoods and the region’s economy. The series also will investigate recommended solutions, including changes in sentencing law and programs offering alternatives to prison.

MPTV will broadcast reports and discussions on the following programs:
¡Adelante!: Tues., Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2
Black Nouveau: Wed., Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2
4th Street Forum: Fri., Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. on MPTV 36.1 HD 

 

WUWM will feature Project Milwaukee reports and conversations during these programs:
Morning Edition: Mon. Nov. 11, Wed., Nov. 13 and Fri., Nov. 15 at 6 and 7:30 a.m.
Lake Effect:  Mon. Nov. 11, Wed., Nov. 13 and Fri., Nov. 15 at 10 a.m.


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