WISDOM faith leaders highlight Wisconsin parole abuse in second study

Posted by: Gordon on 9/3/2014
WISDOM report release Aug 20
WISDOM is releasing four reports on Wisconsin's prisons as part of a "Reform Now" initiative from July through October. 

WISDOM wants Wisconsin to stop spending $140 million on sending around 4,000 people back to prison due to “technical violations” of their parole.

Wisconsin has the highest rate of black male incarceration in the United States and WISDOM is holding monthly news conferences through October as part of its ongoing campaign to cut in half the number of people in prison by 2015. The news conferences each highlight a prison reform issue  including aging inmates, overcrowding, and solitary confinement.

WISDOM’s latest report on parole revocation can be found here.

The statewide Gamaliel affiliate held a news conference and rally August 20 with 150 faith leaders and prison reform advocates at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility to highlight the problem of parole revocation.

Most parole revocations are not due to former prisoners committing new crimes, but for minor violations: missing curfew, buying a cellphone, or missing a parole meeting, for example. Another common cause of parole revocation is malfunctions of GPS-monitoring ankle bracelets that many parolees wear.

During the rally, Wisdom and faith leaders advocated for a greater number of services and options for parolees to avoid revocation over minor violations.
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