Sadly, opioid deaths have been steadily increasing since 2018 and reached another record high in 2021. In the last year, over 1,400 people have died from opioid overdoses in Wisconsin. It is important to realize that many people charged with drug crimes are victims themselves. Our criminal justice system should not focus on punishment alone; rehabilitation and helping people overcome addictions is a crucial part of ensuring that justice is served. Learn more here.
It’s easy to take our right to vote for granted. Voting in jail is a different story. For example, most people in New York City jails are eligible to vote, but it is far from easy for them to exercise their right to vote.
People do not cease to be human once they are arrested or convicted; they continue to have medical needs while behind bars. It is important to ensure that incarcerated people who are transgender receive the gender-affirming care they need. They should not have to resort to lawsuits to obtain treatment for gender dysphoria.