Wisconsin's Mass Incarceration of African American Males: What Can We Learn From Milwaukee and Ferguson?
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March 2 2015
John Pawasarat (Director) and Lois Quinn (Sr. Scientist) of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute have conducted three recent studies addressing Wisconsin incarceration and employment issues: • Issues Related to Wisconsin “Failure to Pay Forfeitures” Driver’s License Suspensions, online at http://www4.uwm.edu/eti/2014/FPFSuspensionsReport.pdf • Statewide Imprisonment of Black Men in Wisconsin, online at http://www4.uwm.edu/eti/2014/WisconsinStudy.pdf • Wisconsin’s Mass Incarceration of African American Males: Workforce Challenges for 2013, online at http://www4.uwm.edu/eti/2013/BlackImprisonment.pdf Related Employment and Training Institute research on residents impacted by voter ID restrictions, assets of central city neighborhoods, neighborhood indicators of family economic and social well-being in nine Milwaukee ZIP codes, and barriers to employment for low-income workers are available on the ETI website at http://www4.uwm.edu/eti/. Quinn began her presentation with an airing of the September 2013 BBC special on “Why does Wisconsin send so many black people to jail?” (online at http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24119398). A January 2015 news story by Joseph Shapiro of NPA on “How Driver’s License Suspensions Unfairly Target the Poor” (http://www.npr.org/2015/01/05/372691918/how-drivers-license-suspensions-unfairly-target-the-poor) includes an interview with Pawasarat in central city Milwaukee. The Employment and Training Institute addresses the workforce training, transportation, and education needs of low-income and unemployed workers in Wisconsin through applied research, policy development, community education, and technical assistance. The researchers work with local and state governments, employers, community organizations, national agencies, and other universities to address interrelationships between public policy, occupational training, labor market and demographic changes, educational programs, neighborhood challenges and assets, driver's license barriers, and incarceration policies. The Institute is a department of the School of Continuing Education of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Extension. It was established in 1977 as part of the “Wisconsin Idea” commitment to bringing the resources of the university to address the needs of Wisconsin workers and families.
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