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A New Focus Can End Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

A New Focus Can End Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

In June, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said that the “challenges in terms of people being incarcerated for relatively low offenses is not a significant issue in the state of Wisconsin.” I respectfully disagree. Wisconsin state Department of Corrections (DOC) data demonstrate that imprisoning individuals for relatively low offenses is a serious problem. A recent DOC report [...]
What Happens When Illinois Really Has No Budget?CHICAGO – As Illinois enters its second month without a budget, thousands of families find themselves without access to child care and other state services while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats remain gridlocked over a $6 billion financial gap which threatens to shut down state facilities. On July 1, legislators missed the deadline to pass [...]
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Michigan Considers Paying Wrongly-Convicted InmatesLANSING, Mich. (AP) — One newly exonerated inmate walks free every couple of months in Michigan, which has released more innocent prisoners than all but four states. Julie Baumer was one of them, missing four years of family life and career advancement due to a child abuse conviction after her nephew’s head injuries were mistakenly [...]
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Rights Are Denied at Court in St. Louis County, U.S. SaysST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice released a report critical of the St. Louis County Family Court on July 31, finding that Black youths are treated more harshly than Whites, and juveniles are often deprived of constitutional rights.  Though unrelated to the department’s investigation in Ferguson, the new report again raises concern [...]
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Kansas City Confronts ‘Sin of Poverty Wages’ With VoteKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City’s minimum wage will rise to $13 an hour over about four and a half years under an ordinance that council members approved on July 16, although there are questions whether it could withstand a legal challenge. The ordinance, which makes the city the only one in Missouri to approve [...]
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Ill. Budget Crisis Prompts Rally to Save Human ServicesGrassroots advocates flooded the area outside Illinois state government offices at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Wednesday, deeply upset that Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers have failed to reach a resolution to stop budget cuts that activists say will be devastating to the poor and those in need. The state is facing an estimated [...]
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State money for services from child care to road construction could stop in Illinois starting on Wednesday after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed most of the Democratic Legislature’s budget plan, a move that follows weeks of vitriolic exchanges in a state new to divided government. A day after signing into law [...]
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American Indian Logos Are Banned in Madison SchoolsMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sports fans may have to leave their Blackhawks, Indians or Redskins gear at home if they plan on entering a Madison public school next year. Starting this fall, public school students in Wisconsin’s capital city cannot wear shirts, hats or other items that display the name, logo or mascot of any [...]
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Last U.S. State Lifts Ban on Immigrant Driver’s LicensesLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s Legislature voted Thursday to end the nation’s last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, agreeing to scrap the policy by a veto-proof margin even as the state’s new Republican governor continued to signal his opposition.  The federal Deferred Action for Childhood [...]
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Detroit, Known for White Flight, Sees a Return of ResidentsDETROIT (AP) — Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize White flight, even as Blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city’s overall population shrinks. Detroit is the latest major city to see an influx of Whites who may not find the suburbs as alluring as their parents [...]
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