EXPO Fellows

WISDOM has commissioned our first ever class of EXPO (ExPrisoners Organizing) Fellows! Earlier in the year, they attended one-on-one training. Each has conducted at least ten one-on-ones with others in the community, and has met regularly with an organizer mentor. Today they completed Gamaliel’s Weeklong Leadership Training Institute. They will drive our 11×15 Campaign. Congratulations to all of us on this major step in that direction!!!

We’re Famous!

David Liners was a featured speaker at the national Health Impact Assessment meeting in Washington, D.C. He talked about our Health Impact Assessment and introduced a new video that documents the benefits of Treatment Alternatives and Diversions and our work to increase such programing in Wisconsin.

We’re grateful for all our partners, especially today for our partners at the Health Impact Project.  And we’re proud of our work.  You may see yourself in the video!

Watch the video here:

Speaking at MAD

“Everyone should have a second chance.”

When you save one life, the ripple effect is saving my son's life

“When you save one life, the ripple effect is saving my son’s life.”

Someone cared and invested a couple of bucks and...

“Someone cared and invested a couple of bucks and…”


To find out who your Senator and Assembly representative are, and how to reach them, go to .  Or, call 1-800-362-9472.

Here are recent articles placed by our WISDOM leadership:
Carol Rubin, MOSES, in the CapTimes.  More for Prisons? NO!
Ron Alexander, NAOMI, in the Wausau Daily Herald. Budget disregards prison reform plans, hikes spending

In late May, with no discussion and little explanation or information, the legislative Joint Finance Committee approved an additional $5 million to expand Wisconsin’s prison capacity.  There is still time for the State Senate and Assembly to reverse that mistake.  But, they need to hear from all of us.

Wisconsin already has the highest incarceration rate in the Midwest. Even worse, we have the shameful distinction of having the highest African-American incarceration rate in the nation. Those are Wisconsin’s problems; NOT lack of prison space.

States around the nation, some led by Republicans and some by Democrats, are working hard to reduce their prison populations, and even to close prisons. They are saving millions of taxpayer dollars, lowering their crime rates, and restoring families. It is shocking that the Joint Finance Committee and the Department of Corrections have a vision that goes in the opposite direction.

There are proven short-term measures that could justly and safely reduce our prison population very quickly. The granting of parole requests has unjustly dropped from 20 percent to 6 percent in the last five years, leaving thousands in prison long past the date the judge expected them to be released.  Just last year the Legislature passed the Swift and Certain Sanctions law to reduce the number of crime-less revocations.  Still, the Department of Corrections projects no decrease in the number of people it sends back to prison for “technical” violations of rules that involve no new crime.

The state Senate and Assembly will soon vote on the state budget.  Call your Senator and Assembly representative today.  Tell them NOT to support a budget that expands our prisons.  Tell them to take back the $5 million for expansion, and to put that money toward Treatment Alternatives and Diversions.

This article in the Shepherd Express lays out the issue very well and lifts up WISDOM and our work.

Betsy Woodruff, in The Daily Beast, examined the crime-less revocations issue in an article in response to Scott Walker’s comment that people being people incarcerated for relatively low offenses is not a significant issue in the state of Wisconsin:

Download this new scholarly article that suggests jail sanctions for those who violate probation or parole are no more effective than community-based sanctions. The researchers argue that the study’s results make it hard to justify the widespread use of incarceration as a punishment of probation and parole violations: Jail sanctions for those who violate probation or parole are no more effective than community-based sanctions. Journal of Criminal Justice

We have momentum: Make your calls now!!!

Madison, budget. Image credit to Tanner Cole
Image credit: Tanner Cole

Legislative Fiscal Bureau Report on Corrections, May 19, 2015

Alleviating Poverty:  Who’s Responsible?

Join us for one of our regional poverty forums as we bring together leaders in the faith community to:

~ learn about poverty in Wisconsin;
~ consider theologically the role of individual and collective responsibility in alleviating poverty;
~ begin developing broad goals for poverty alleviation in our state.

Click here for dates and locations.

Download the Faithful Citizenship Statement and share it with your own networks.

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View the photo gallery and read the account of our MADISON ACTION DAY!

Pictures from Wisconsin Day of Action

Photos: top, Generation Next leaders of MICAH were at the front of a march to and around the state capital; earlier, leaders, 800 strong, had opportunities to met each other in brief one to one conversations in the sanctuary of Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. Photos by Martinez Milton, Jr. 

Co-Sponsors: Wisconsin Council of Churches, Faith Voices For Justice, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Lutheran Office for Public Policy, Madison Area Urban Ministry, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Madison, Wisconsin Jewish Conference and WISDOM

Walking into the Capitol

What is the Reform Now Campaign?

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CUSH celebrates victory for the homeless after a 12 year campaign: a tribute to the value of perseverance!

Kenosha News: Commission OK’s rezoning for homeless shelter!
Sandy Milligan CUSH past president reflects: The Struggle for a Permanent Homeless Shelter in Kenosha


We’re making our elected officials realize the extent of poverty in Wisconsin and offering concrete ways to address it.  Read the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story about it.  You can still sign on to our Faithful Citizenship Statement!

Having a family member in jail or prison is a huge risk factor for increased poverty.    The statement is drawn from the input of more than 150 diverse faith leaders in Wisconsin.  You can click above to sign or get a link to sign on electronically by sending a message to  Invite your friends, family and fellow congregants to add their names as well. We will present these letters and signatures to newly elected Wisconsin legislators and engage them in conversation on how to end poverty in Wisconsin.  Be part of this important effort!
Faithful Citizenship Statement blurbDownload the Faithful Citizenship Statement and share it with your own networks.


WISDOM Director keynotes important educational event 

We are proud to see our successful work on criminal justice reform recognized as State Director David Liners was a featured speaker at Unlocking Justice: Organizing to Address Mass Incarceration.  This presentation was part of the Unlocking Justice series on October 21, sponsored by our partners at The Sentencing Project.








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