Wisconsin imprisons 1 out of every 36 black adults in the state, continuing a long and troubling history of racial disparities in incarceration and making Wisconsin’s racial disparities in criminal justice the worst in the nation.
From 2008 to 2020, the number of women imprisoned for violent crimes increased by 2 percent, but the number serving life sentences increased by 19 percent. More research is necessary to understand these incomprehensible trends, but what is clear is the current system is failing women.
You may have noticed a different presence downtown and in the campus area over the past month. The Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) team is responding to some mental health-related 911 calls instead of Madison police.