As traumatic as the pandemic has been, imagine if you were locked up, where you cannot properly socially distance, or always get access to hand sanitizer. Imagine watching your cellmate slowly getting sicker and sicker. On this edition of the Access Hour, host Ramiah Whiteside, a coordinator with Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing (EXPO) gives us a […]
The Madison organization Free the 350 Bail Fund works to bail out Black people incarcerated in the Dane County jail system. They argue that incarceration is the modern-day slavery and are calling for an end to prisons. For today’s show, Wednesday host Ali Muldrow spends the hour talking about the racial injustices of the criminal […]
Photo by 12019 / 10259 images on Pixabay. A subcommittee of the Dane County Board considered proposals related to law enforcement and public safety on Tuesday night. Among them was a proposal to analyze cash bail, the amount of money needed to get out of jail while waiting for a trial. Dane County Supervisor Carousel […]
Last night, a review committee tasked with the construction of a new county jail received a virtual tour of what the new facility would look like. The jail was initially approved by the County Board in 2017, with a budget of $76 million, to build four floors on top of the current Public Safety Building. […]
James Morgan spent more than a decade in prison. He is now the lead peer support specialist at the Madison Urban Ministry where he helps formerly incarcerated people re-integrate into the community. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, he’s been getting emails and phone calls from people serving time in state prisons. Here’s a recent one. […]
Lisa Matteur, an Outreach Librarian at the Madison Public Library and Talib Akbar, a former solitary inmate joined Brian Standing in the WORT studios to talk about the movement to eliminate the use of solitary confinement in Wisconsin.