Felony disenfranchisement is a policy that bars citizens from the ballot box based on criminal convictions. As of 2020, an estimated 5.17 million people were disenfranchised. This figure is an improvement from 2016 when 6.1 million people could not vote due to a felony conviction. The 15 percent decline results from new policies enacted by…

Read More

There are currently 534 active positive covid results in New Lisbon Correctional and 249 active at Oakhill. There are ALSO 560 “inactive” positive cases at New Lisbon and 420 at Oakhill. Inactive being described by the Dept of Corrections as “sum of Persons in our care and youth who are no longer active and removed from…

Read More

In February 2021, the Nehemiah/Justified Anger Court Observer program was expanded to include observing eviction hearings and trials in the Dane County Court.  A group of about a dozen court observers have received training in the eviction process. Few if any of us have first-hand experience with eviction, either as tenants or as landlords, but…

Read More

Finding housing is the biggest challenge formerly incarcerated individuals face alongside securing employment, obtaining medical care and avoiding substance abuse. Multifaceted challenges create barriers for returning citizens to obtaining gainful employment and stable housing, leading to recidivism and re-incarceration. While housing is a source of necessary shelter and residential stability, it can also serve as a foundation for…

Read More

Glass Ceiling By Marshall Jones Felt like a movie playing the day he sentenced me…. Time stopped as I laid my head on the table, tears battered the carpet beneath. Tears laced the face of my brother, told me “Don’t cry”, like life imprisonment wasn’t a good reason. Still remember that day… Glad to say…

Read More

Does Prison Reform People? By Marshall Jones I have been asked this question quite a few times over the 17 years I have been imprisoned, sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without parole. See, when people look at me, they find it hard to believe that I have a life sentence. For one, I don’t…

Read More

Rebecca Barber, Reentry Housing Coordinator, talks with a listener in Waupun Correctional during this current situation with Covid… This is what it is to be inside RIGHT NOW. “allow me to fill you in on what’s going on around here. B, we’ve been locked down for about two weeks now (since October 16th), due to…

Read More