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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.

 

Vigil: Taking a Stand for Our Land and Bodies

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Date: 
Sunday, February 14, 2021 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Event with Livestream

MMIWG2S: TAKING A STAND FOR OUR LAND AND BODIES

Missing Murdered Indigenous WomenFacebook Video ThumbnailA Virtual Rally and Webinar

With Live Rally Participation from Appleton and Madison

If you were unable to participate in the rally, you can now watch the recording on Facebook here

 

Partners: ESTHER, Waking Women Healing Institute, Native Justice Coalition, WCASA, Menominee County HSD Family Advocacy Center, Lorraine Shooter-M.A.D., Native Lives Matter Coalition

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Taking on Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

Join the Transformational Justice Campaign leaders of EXPO and WISDOM for a 5-part Zoom series on mass incarceration in Wisconsin.

 

When: Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:00 p.m., January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24

Register here: Taking on Mass Incarceration - Jan 27-Feb 24

 

In the series, we will learn from experts, including people directly impacted by Wisconsin’s criminal legal system. We will learn about many aspects of the system, including:

Less than 24 hours to go in ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction

ESTHER’s 2021 Online Auction ends at 3:00 pm tomorrow, November 7!

Remember, 95 items on offer—including a number of must-see choices

… for yourself or as holiday gifts for your family and friends. For example:

  • Fine Relic wines and Giant Jones craft beer sampler
  • A Jordy Nelson-autographed NFL Football
  • Many art pieces, including paintings and ceramics, by regional artists
  • A wide selection of gift baskets, handcrafts, antiques
  • A pair of new TSL snowshoes and an APEX G3 Total Gym

Check out these items soon at esther-foxvalley.org/auction, because bidding closes tomorrow, November 7, at 3 pm.

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Note: The auction supports ESTHER‘s ongoing work of building community, sharing hope and standing for justice in the Fox Valley. Thank you!

In Search of Writers and Editors ...

We are looking for writers for ESTHER’s new blog.

If you would like to participate in building our on-line presence, please let Bill Van Lopik know.

  • If you like to write, you can be a blogger. We will help you to learn about how to write a good blog post.
  • If you are not sure about your writing skill, we can provide editing help.

We also want to put together a team to manage our blog. Our goals include:

  • Publicizing ESTHER’s work
  • Explaining the importance of the work of our task forces.
  • Showing ESTHER’s expertise and credibility in the areas where we work.

If you want to participate, let Bill know right away. We will schedule a meeting to plan how we will work together.