Over the past two months, we have traveled the state sounding the alarm about Wisconsin's broken criminal justice system.
Dear ACLU Supporter,
Over the past two months, we have traveled the state, sounding the alarm about Wisconsin's broken criminal justice system.
At every stop, the stories we heard from people whose lives have been destroyed by crimeless revocations – when someone is sent back to prison for violating a technical rule of probation rather than for committing a new crime – were as shocking as they were unfair.
A man was sent back to prison for moving from one apartment in a duplex to the other without prior approval from his parole officer. A mother who had been on probation successfully for nine years was reimprisoned based on unfounded allegations. A college student was investigated and jailed, and while he was not sentenced to prison, he had to drop out of school and lost his job and housing. A business owner was imprisoned for six months because he had liquor in his house, despite his crime having nothing to do with alcohol.
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Forcing people to live one rule violation away from being thrown back in prison has consequences for all people in Wisconsin. In 2017 alone, more than three thousand people were revoked for technical violations, accounting for 45 percent of all new admissions to our state prisons.
No one should ever be imprisoned for missing an appointment or taking a job without prior approval from the state. Will you join us in demanding an end to crimeless revocation? Add your name to the petition now ([link removed]).
Rather than being trapped in a revolving door of incarceration and supervision, people on parole, probation, or extended supervision should be given the support and opportunities they need to thrive in their communities.
Our journey across Wisconsin proved that the tide around mass incarceration has turned, and the time to act is now.
Thanks for sticking with us,
Advocacy Director, ACLU of Wisconsin
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