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.
Governor Tony Evers has granted a record number of pardons, when compared to past Wisconsin governors. To continue his current pace, he has signed an executive order reducing requirements needed for individuals to receive pardons.
Under the new order, Evers can pardon an individual, without a board meeting needed. Only those who have committed non-violent crimes that occurred a significant length of time ago are eligible.
Nate Holton, a member of the Pardon Advisory Board and the director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Milwaukee County Transit System, states, “We have encountered so many individuals with remarkable stories and tales of redemption…Each and every one of us makes mistakes.”
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