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Friday, March 27, 2015

Milwaukee County, Wis.: 50% of Black men have been incarcerated

Graph by Timeshifter

One in eight black men of working age are incarcerated in Wisconsin.
"In Milwaukee County, over half of African American men in their 30s and half of men in their early 40s have been incarcerated in state correctional facilities...
"Among the most critical workforce issues facing Wisconsin are governmental policies and practices leading to mass incarceration of African Americans men and suspensions of driving privileges to low-income adults. The prison population in Wisconsin has more than tripled since 1990, fueled by increased government funding for drug enforcement (rather than treatment) and prison construction, three-strike rules, mandatory minimum sentence laws, truth-in-sentencing replacing judicial discretion in setting punishments, concentrated policing in minority communities, and state incarceration for minor probation and supervision violations. Particularly impacted were African American males, with the 2010 U.S. Census showing Wisconsin having the highest black male incarceration rate in the nation...."
Note: Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke is African American.

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