May 3: Mass Incarceration and Sentencing Policy in Wisconsin: Explaining and Addressing Over-Imprisonment

May 3, 2017

6:30-8:30 pm

The Red Gym, UW Madison


Professor Michael O’Hear, U.W. Milwaukee

Professor Cecilia Klingele, U.W. Madison Law School

Talib Akbar, Vice-President of MOSES and a former prisoner


May 6 Monthly Meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting.

9:30  Coffee and Fellowship

10:00 Meeting

James Reeb Unitarian Universalist

2146 East Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704 United States
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May 9 WISDOM Prison Prevention Conference Call

5:00-6:00 pm

Call: 712-432- 1601

Use code 423950

The prison population in Wisconsin has more than tripled since 1990. Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the country. Half of African American men in their 30s in Milwaukee County have been in state prison. Incarceration is expensive and comes with additional social costs. We can keep people out of prison:

Join our work to:

  • Increase funding for Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD). A 2012 study showed that by fully funding the state’s Treatment Alternatives and Diversions fund, Wisconsin could keep 3,000 people per year out of the state’s prisons, and more than 27,000 from ever going to jail.
  • Reform Wisconsin’s sentencing laws. Inordinately long prison sentences do nothing to enhance safety, they are extremely costly, and they reduce the odds that the offender will be successfully re-integrated back into the community when she/he is released.
  • Keep all 17 year-olds in the juvenile system.

May 9 WISDOM Solitary Confinement Conference Call


4:00-5:00 pm

Please join our work to greatly reduce the use of solitary confinement. More than 15 days in solitary confinement is torture. It magnifies mental health issues and destroys people. Other states and nations have learned to get by without it, we can too.

Tel:  712-432-1601

Use code: 423950

April 24: Break the Cycle: The Power of Food to Interrupt the Revolving Door of Prisons

Monday April 24
5:00 p.m.
1106 Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Ave. (map)

A documentary film screening and community discussion examining the interconnections between race, mass incarceration and urban agriculture.
Cinematography & Editor: Nyal Mueenuddin
Producers: Mattie Naythons, Jamie Trapp, Katie Faryniarz, Mackenzie Marcus, and Carrie Lierl


  • Anthony Cooper, Sr., Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership and Development
  • Carmella Glenn, Just Bakery, Madison Urban Ministry
  • Alfonso Morales, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Robert Pierce, Neighborhood Food Solutions


  • Dadit Hidayat, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

More information:

April 25: Breakfast-2-Go Fundraiser

When: Tuesday, April 25th from 7:00-9:00 a.m.

What: Fresh brewed coffee and a variety of homemade muffins

Where:  Park Bank parking lot on Park Street

Stop in for coffee and a variety of delicious muffins while you support the MOSES mission to reform the criminal justice system and restore our communities.

Many thanks to Carmel Jackson of Melly Mel’s Catering for baking the muffins and brewing the coffee.

Thanks to Just Coffee for donating the coffee and to Park Bank for the use of their parking lot.

April 6: EXPO Panel at Edgewood College

EXPOThursday, April 6th

6:00-7:30 pm

Anderson Auditorium at Edgewood College

As a final event of the Common Reading of The New Jim Crow, panelists from EXPO will share experiences of incarceration and re-entry upon release.

April State Budget Hearings

Budget hearings

Finance Committee Members

Here are the members of the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, helpfully provided at Madison Action Day by Senator Fred Risser, together with a map showing what Senate and Assembly Districts they are from. While it’s always best for them to hear from their constituents, given their powerful role with regard to the current budget review, they will pay attention to messages from any Wisconsinite. Let them know that we need more money for TAD, money for a restoration/crisis center in Dane County for people with mental illness as an alternative to jail, etc. Their email addresses and phone numbers are on this sheet.

Finance Committee Members



MOSES Religious Leaders Caucus Program

Visiting an incarcerated person is not an act of charity.

It is an act of justice.

We invite you to…  Listen. Challenge your beliefs. Share. Join our work for justice.


MOSES Religious Leaders Caucus Informational Program

Please join Dane County faith leaders for an informational program featuring County Jail Chaplain Christa Fisher and Rev. Stephen Marsh of Lake Edge Lutheran Church as they challenge the common belief that people are incarcerated as a result of one bad mistake or one poor choice.

You will learn how and why incarceration is a consequence of a lifetime of unaddressed, compounding trauma embedded in cultural and civic institutions that not only deprive people of opportunities to heal from the trauma they have endured, but also blame them for it.

When: Thursday, March 30th, 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Where: Bethel Lutheran Church, Fireside Gallery
(Use the parking lot entrance and follow stairway to lower level.)

A light breakfast buffet will be provided.