On Wednesday, July 29, WORT will broadcast a forum on criminal and carceral justice issues with state Senate candidates competing to represent Madison in the upcoming August primary. The forum is presented MOSES, a Madison-based non-partisan interfaith organization that works to promote social justice with a focus on ending mass incarceration.
Candidates who will be participating include those running in the August primary to replace Senator Fred Risser in the 26th Senate District (Kelda Roys, Nada Elmikashfi, John Imes, Aisha Moe, William Davis III, Brian Benford, Amani Latimer Burris) and candidates running to replace Senator Mark Miller in the 16th Senate District (Melissa Sargent and Andrew McKinney).
Moderators Fawn Bilgere and Marlita Bevenue will ask candidates their positions on topics such as conviction-less revocations, old law parole, treatment alternatives and diversions, solitary confinement, sentencing, investment of resources in communities of color, depopulating and closing prisons, and other decarceration issues.
They’ll also be asked whether they support the Unlock the Vote Campaign and the campaigns to close the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility and Green Bay Correctional Institution.
The forum will be streamed live on Tuesday night on Facebook and YouTube. To watch, register at this link. You’ll then be sent a link on Monday or Tuesday with material and a link to watch. Otherwise, catch the forum the following evening, from 6-8pm, on WORT 89.9 FM.
WORT has previously interviewed all the candidates in the races for the 26th Senate District and the 16th Senate District. You can listen to those interviews on our elections page.