In this revealing interview, Nehemiah Reentry staff member Rebecca Barber, talks with a currently incarcerated individual in a Wisconsin prison about the conditions in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Sent Thursday, March 26, 2020 (Identity not included for their protection) “I’m currently serving my seventh year on a nonviolent drug offense in my first incarceration. I was sent to [a maximum-security prison in WI] on an override from Madison due to the significant accomplishments and conduct that I have maintained during my incarceration. I have been…

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Sent Thursday, March 26, 2020 (Identity not included for their protection) “I’ve been in [a maximum-security prison in WI] for the past eighteen years, and I have never seen it anywhere close to as somber as it’s been over the past few weeks. Fear, worry and frustration have gripped and overwhelmed both inmates and staff…

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Sharing our paths to and through the course: Why are we here?  What are we learning? After the third week of our course this year, Jan Reek shared some of her path to our course.  On what led her to the course: Throughout her adulthood, Jan has looked long and deep into the racist ideology she…

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Sharing our paths to and through the course: Why are we here?  What are we learning? Nichole Fromm, a librarian and participant in the African American History Course, points to a  “confluence of personal and professional” experiences that underpin her deep commitment to the challenging content of the course.   “I’ve lived in Madison for the…

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When Lariel Turner heard about the Justified Anger Leadership Institute, she jumped at the opportunity to be involved. She found the program’s focus on the intersection of leadership and identity exciting and knew it would help her further develop her own leadership style and philosophy. Learning alongside other emerging black leaders in Madison only added…

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  One week of national attention for race relations in Madison…a normal week for people of color in Madison. One week of inequitable segregation in our schools…a normal education for students of color in Madison. One week of inequitable policies in the news…a normal career for people of color in Madison. One week of being…

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