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Mass incarceration is a national problem, and is gaining attention as a major factor in “The New Jim Crow.”

Wisconsin incarcerates a higher percentage of African-American men than any other state — and twice the national average. Most of the state’s African Americans live in Milwaukee.

Imprisonment affects not just those locked up, but their families and neighborhoods.

“Prison time is the most serious barrier to employment, making ex-offender populations the most difficult to place and sustain in full-time employment,” note UWM researchers John Pawasarat and Lois M. Quinn.

“Wisconsin Prisons Incarcerate Most Black Men in U.S.”
By Cheryl Corley, NPR, Code Switch, October 3, 2013
Includes transcript and audio.

“Black Male Incarceration Devastates Milwaukee Neighborhoods”
By Erin Toner, WUWM, February 25, 2014

“Why does Wisconsin send so many black people to jail?”
BBC News magazine, September 18, 2013
Includes a 5-minute video.

“Wisconsin’s Mass Incarceration of African American Males: Workforce Challenges for 2013”
By John Pawasarat and Lois M. Quinn, Employment and Training Institute University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2013