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Prison Reform Task Force

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Below are some actions and events that move us toward our goal of treatment instead of prison related to drug and alcohol offenses for non-violent offenders.  We are working to gain additional funding to support treatment and alternatives to incarceration. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the chair, Lisa Hanneman.

Building a Theology of Restoration and Fairness in Wisconsin

Date: 
Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

Building a Theology of Restoration and Fairness

A Multifaith Response to End Mass Incarceration

Why should faith communities be involved in the work to end mass incarceration?

Featuring reflections from Senator Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and founding member of the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration.

Who Should Attend

Leaders and members of congregations from various faith traditions in Wisconsin, those who are engaged in jail and/or prison ministry and want to do more, and those who are ready to partner with faith communities to reduce incarceration rates in Wisconsin.

REGISTER AT https://tinyurl.com/EMI-Wisconsin

For more information, contact: Joya Schmidt at jschmidt@the-temple.org

Sponsored by the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration.

July ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force Meeting Changed to July 12

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Date: 
Monday, July 12, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 S. Green Bay Rd, Neenah

The July 2021 Meeting of this task force will be held in-person on July 12 6:00-7:30 pm

Leave us a message at https://esther-foxvalley.org/prtf for information or to be added to the mailing list.

“We can’t punish people into being healthy. We need for families to stay intact and for offenders to be responsible to their communities. We are all better off when people can be healed and made whole through these effective programs that bring accountability to the offender and to the community. Alternative treatment programs work better than incarceration.”

ESTHER is part of the statewide ROC WI (Restore Our Communities) Campaign. The campaign is a movement of people of faith calling for change in the Wisconsin system of incarceration.

ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force

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Date: 
Monday, June 7, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Meets the first Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm. The June meeting will be an in-person meeting at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 S. Green Bay Rd, Neenah, WI.

“We can’t punish people into being healthy. We need for families to stay intact and for offenders to be responsible to their communities. We are all better off when people can be healed and made whole through these effective programs that bring accountability to the offender and to the community. Alternative treatment programs work better than incarceration.”

ESTHER is part of the statewide ROC WI (Restore Our Communities) Campaign. The campaign is a movement of people of faith calling for change in the Wisconsin system of incarceration.

State Superintendent Candidates Townhall

Date: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

State Superintendents Downhill - Kerr-UnderlyYou're invited to join EXPO for a

State Superintendent Candidates Townhall
“Ending the School to Prison Pipeline”

March 10, 2021 from 6:30-7:30 PM
Watch on Zoom or the EXPO Facebook Page
Sign up here

EXPO Wisconsin will talk with Deb Kerr and Dr. Jill Underly, WI Candidates for State Superintendent, about their ideas for ending the school to prison pipeline.

  • In School vs. Out of School Suspensions
  • Expulsions
  • Police Presence in our School
  • Racial Bias & More

These are all things that have created - and continue to create - a feeder for mass incarceration in our state and country.

How do we end it? We start at the polls by making informed decisions about who we put in charge of our children's academic lives. Please join us for this important discussion. Sign up here.

Help spread the word - download and share the attached flier.

ESTHER Applauds Governor’s Budget for Prison Reform

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Contributed by Bill Van Lopik.

On February 14, Governor Evers released his proposed state budget for the next two years. This biennium budget actually contains significant funding increases for prison reform programs that ESTHER and WISDOM have been fighting for over the years. We know that the Joint Finance Committee can amend the budget and make changes, but we are pleased with what we see so far. We also know that on average across the nation that 85% of what a governor proposes actually stays in the budget.

What we are pleased about:

  • An expansion of the Earned Release Program, which allows inmates early release from prison when they complete assigned programming. This could potentially allow 900-1000 individuals to be released early.
  • An increase in funding of almost $8 million in the Transitional Jobs Program over the next 2 years. This program provides employment opportunities for recently released individuals so they can begin developing their employment portfolio and integrate back into the community.
  • An increase from $7 million to $15 million to fund Treatment and Diversion programs to help keep people out of jails and prisons and have them enrolled in community-based treatment programs.
  • An expansion of ATR (Alternatives to Revocations) programs that are designed to not send people back to prison (a revocation) without committing a new crime. Another way of “decarcerating” our prison system.

Madison Action Day

Madison Action Day is coming up on April 15 and will be the perfect time to let your legislators know that we want the funding for these programs to remain in the state budget.

 

Demolishing the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Wisconsin

Date: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

WISDOM

How do we end mass incarceration in Wisconsin?

By cutting off its food source: juveniles!

As we prepare to elect the next State School Superintendent, please join us for a timely discussion. 

Wednesday, February 10
6:30-8:00 PM
On Zoom: Click here to REGISTER

We will cover:

  • What is the school to prison pipeline?
  • How do we most effectively dismantle it?
  • How do we as parents, educators and beloved-community members protect our children from entering a system that turns into a life sentence?

Memorial for COVID Victims in Wisconsin Prisons

Date: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 5:30pm
Location: 
State Prisons Around Wisconsin

For incarcerated lives lost to COVID Candlelight VigilPresident-elect Biden has asked the nation to mark a national COVID victims memorial on the eve of the Inauguration. See here for more about the memorial. WISDOM and EXPO leaders will lead Memorial Services in front of seven of the 14 Wisconsin prisons in which men and women have died of the virus. Prisons at which vigils will be held are listed below.

Details for all locations are the same:

Tuesday, January 19
5:30 pm
Masks are required and social distancing will be honored
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Please bring your own candle.

Please try to arrive by 5:15.

The memorial services will be brief and prayerful.

ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force

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Monday, February 1, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, March 1, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, April 5, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, May 3, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, August 2, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, September 13, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, October 4, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, November 1, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, December 6, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Meets in person first Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm. (The September meeting is held on the second Monday.)

Leave us a message at https://esther-foxvalley.org/prtf with questions or to be added to the mailing list.

“We can’t punish people into being healthy. We need for families to stay intact and for offenders to be responsible to their communities. We are all better off when people can be healed and made whole through these effective programs that bring accountability to the offender and to the community. Alternative treatment programs work better than incarceration.”

ESTHER is part of the statewide ROC WI (Restore Our Communities) Campaign. The campaign is a movement of people of faith calling for change in the Wisconsin system of incarceration.

Integrating Trauma-Responsive Practices Into the Workplace

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Date: 
Monday, January 4, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

This presentation is the program for the January 2021 meeting of ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force.

The meeting features a presentation by Bill Harrigan of Harrigan Solutions, Grafton, WI. He will describe how his company integrates trauma-responsive practices into the workplace.

This meeting will be conducted on Zoom. There is no charge, and all are welcome. Advance registration is required, and a link to the meeting will be sent to all registrants.

Register Now

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