The United States now has the largest incarcerated population in the world, with some 2.2 million Americans behind bars. We also boast the dubious honor of the highest global rate of incarceration: despite only having 5% of the world’s population, we have nearly 25% of the world’s total prisoners.
In Wisconsin the racial disparities of those who are in prison are particularly pronounced — Wisconsin has among the highest rates of black incarceration in the country, more than double the national average.
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Transforming Justice project aims to document and ultimately, reverse that trend, through oral histories, storytelling and media. Lorraine Halinka Malcoe and Jenna Loyd, both at the Zilber School of Public Health, and Anne Bonds, Department of Geography, talked about the project with Monday 8 O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing.