Apr 22, 2013

UW-Milwaukee Study: One in Eight Wisconsin Black Men Incarcerated Between Ages, 18-64

The American Leviathan
Blacks, when you go to prison, your lives deserve to be a "living hell," said Tommy Thompson during his gubernatorial runs. Tommy used racially coded language that fit nicely into Wisconsin's conception of the most segregated urban area in America—Milwaukee. We got to stick it to those guys! We did. It worked well, and continues today.

Those blacks have no one to blame but themselves of course, the Republicans and Tea Partiers assure us.

Racism is pretended to be some long-gone ugliness even as the Republicans and Tea Parties directly appeal to racism every election.

Segregation, that's not racism.

Poverty, that's not racism.

The war on blacks' voting, that's not racism either.

And incarceration rates in the putative American society, the "leviathan unmatched in human history," pay no mind to race.

Wisconsin is Number One in black
incarceration rates.
Michael M. O'Hear has a piece up, Wisconsin #1 in Black Incarceration; How Did We Get Here?

Writes O'Hear:

A new report from the UWM Employment and Training Institute shows that Wisconsin leads the nation in incarcerating black males. Based on data from the 2010 U.S. census, Wisconsin incarcerates about one in every eight of its black men between the ages of 18 and 64. This includes individuals held in state and local correctional facilities. The Badger State’s black incarceration rate is, in fact, about one-third higher than that of the second-place state, Oklahoma, and nearly double the national average.
The UWM Employment and Training Institute (prepared by John Pawasarat and Lois M. Quinn) should be read in its entirety by the entire Wisconsin Republican legislative caucus.

I don't believe it will. The GOP are not big readers. They outsource that kind of thing.

From the study:

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. [Note: See why the GOP wants only GOP-prescribed voter IDs as a constitutional qualification for voting in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin SC upholding the Voter ID law is likely too naked a corrupt power grab. We'll see.] 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. In Milwaukee County over half of African American men in their 30s have served time in state prison.

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