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Legislative Roundtable - October 30th, Prison Reform

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Becky Young Community Justice Summit

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Join the Summit: Informational Strategy Session on Wisconsin's Judicial & Correctional Policies


When: Tuesday, September 1st

Time: Presentation Workshops 1:00-5:00pm; Award Dinner 5:00-7:00pm

Location: First United Methodist Church, Madison (203 Wisconsin Avenue)

Join us in a discussion and action on State and County judicial and correctional policies.  Three panel discussions followed by workshops in the area of proposed legislation for OWI offences, effective use of $10 Million Becky Young Community Justice Fund, and adequate funding and programming for Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD).  

Guest Presenters:

Senator Lena Taylor
Representative Gordon Hintz
Walter Dickey, Dean Law School
Jerry Hancock, Prison Ministry
Wendel Hruska, Project Return
Mike Olig, Safe Streets Program
Marilyn Walczak, Justice 2000
Brenda Wesley, NAMI Milwaukee
Conor Williams, MICAH

Dinner and award reception including the Madison Church Choral Group will follow.  Register in advance, call the WISDOM Office at 414-831-2070 or email  Registration cost $15 for meal and materials.  Scholarship available.

Sponsored by Wisconsin Organizations in Support of Treatment Instead of Prison.

For additional information, contact Joe Ellwanger: 414-736-2480.

Click here to view event flyer.


Legislative Joint Finance Committee in Appleton on April 1

No foolin'! The committee was in session in Lawrence University's Stansbury Theatre from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Opening to a packed crowd, the meeting offered opportunities for citizens and interest groups to share their views and positions on items included in (or omitted from) the Governor's proposed 2010-11 budget. ESTHER was well represented. Gwen Gibson and Rev. Maynard Beemer spoke (see photo) on behalf of earned early release and drivers certificates for immigrants who cannot get driver's licenses because of RealID. Representatives from JOSHUA were also present and spoke.

Treatment Instead of Prison Forum: Open to the Public - March 30

Speaker (5:30pm) & Community Forum (6:30pm)

Date: Monday, March 30th
5:30 & 6:30 PM
Location: St. Bernard Catholic Church
1617 W Pine St, Appleton
Behind Xavier School on Prospect Ave

Treatment Instead of Prison:
Saving Money, Saving Communities, Saving Families

5:30pm - Department of Corrections Secretary Speaks Out
Department of Corrections Secretary, Rick Raemisch to speak on Governor Doyle's plan for earned release, enhancing corrections programs and investing in our communities, question and answer session to follow. Free and open to the public.

6:30pm - Community Forum, Treatment Instead of Prison
The Fox Valley has pioneered efforts to address drug and alcohol addiction with treatment for non-violent offenders through several local initiatives.  In a recent statement, Governor Doyle remarked on the need for prison reform and the need to offer community based options to low-risk offenders.  Reform is needed…treatment is needed.


•    How does drug and alcohol addiction impact our justice system?
•    Will treatment make safer neighborhoods?
•    Can Wisconsin afford to build additional prisons?
•    What treatment options are available in the Fox Valley?
Get your questions answered at this forum with guest panelists including Outagamie Circuit Court Judge Nancy Krueger.

Event sponsored by ESTHER - Free and open to the public
Contributors include: Family Services, Mooring House, NAMI, ThedaCare

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