In 2020, the world went on “lockdown.” In March of 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) went on “modified lockdown” which basically means all unnecessary movement was stopped. Work-release was stopped. Visits were stopped. Educational and treatment programs were stopped. The only thing that was not stopped was the spread of COVID-19. Out here, we can […]
Today, members of several decarceral groups held an action outside the Governor’s Mansion in the Village of Maple Bluff. They’ve been doing so on a regular basis for more than a month, urging Governor Tony Evers to take action to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin prisons, or even acknowledge the situation. “When I […]
Today we bring you a jam-packed variety show! We kick off the hour with a discussion of the Mueller report and what it means for the Trump presidency with guest Eric Umansky from ProPublica. Next, prison activist Ben Turk offers updates on the Wisconsin prisoners’ hunger strike against solitary confinement. And in the final segment, […]
On August 21, 2018, the U.S. saw the beginning of an ongoing nationwide prison strike demanding improved conditions for inmates, sentencing reform, and voting rights. On today’s episode, sub host Gil Halsted takes a close look at the strike with guests Amani Sawari, spokesperson for Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, and Ben Turk of the Milwaukee Incarcerated […]
Republican Wisconsin Senator and U.S. Senate Candidate Leah Vukmir wants to throw parolees and those on probation back in jail if they do anything wrong… even if it means spending state money to build more prisons. Vukmir’s legislation, Senate Bill 54 would revoke the probation or parole for anyone who is charged with a new […]
How are prisons tearing families and communities apart? How does this institution that locks up 2.3 million Americans decimate poor communities of color? What community-based initiatives foster antiracist, anticlassist, prohumanity approaches to justice? Check out this edition of A Public Affair to find out more!