Column

Rittenhouse trial highlights white privilege in criminal justice system

Rittenhouse' behavior, court's sympathetic treatment towards him contradict unfairness to people of color

City of Madison

2021 civil unrest report recommends 69 policy changes for Madison Police Department

Proposed recommendations include mandatory police body cams, less police involvement at protests

City of Madison

Dane County officials propose criminal justice reform resolution

Legislative initiatives include improving mental health services and creating a community justice center

Features

Algorithms gone awry: The impact of inappropriate data use

An examination of statistical manipulation and what needs to change

Column

A crucial lifeline, Wisconsin’s jails are overcharging for detainee phone calls

Overcharging for phone calls from jail disproportionately impacts low-income citizens, perpetuates inequality in criminal justice system

Column

Pardons bring the opportunity to reframe Wisconsin’s criminal justice system

In a complete 180 from the Walker Administration, Gov. Evers use of pardons increases focus on rehabilitation

Column

‘Inherently violent’: The problem with the prison system is its very existence

Calls to reform prison system, end mass incarceration fail to address the true problem — the prison system is inherently unproductive

UW-Madison Campus

NPR reporter discusses First Step Act, future of criminal justice reform

Conservatives worry act will increase crime rate while liberals worry act isn't doing enough, Ayesha Rascoe says

Column

Innocent until proven guilty — if you can afford it

Laws designed to bring equity to criminal prosecution fail to protect low-income defendants

Column

Criminal disenfranchisement: 21st century America’s suffrage crisis

Prisoners in the American prison system should have the opportunity to vote on issues that directly affect their lives both inside prison and once they are released

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