MOSES members and friends are encouraged to join WISDOM in this action event at the State Capitol, Room 411 South. Here is what WISDOM Organizer, David Liners has to say about this:
There will be a report coming out from Columbia (University) Justice Lab, titled “Mass Supervision in Wisconsin.” It will deal with things like Revocations, Extended Supervision, Monitoring, etc… It will essentially show that we are an outlier — we have more people on Supervision for longer times, more revocations, etc. than most states.
The first presentation of this report will be at the Capitol on January 23 at 10 am. After the presentation, people will be invited across the street to Grace Episcopal to do some planning for Madison Action Day, State Budget hearings, etc.
David noted that in the evening, they’ll do the same basic thing in Milwaukee (at the African American Women’s Center, at 30th and Vliet), and probably also in Eau Claire. On the 24th, we hope to do similar events in Green Bay and Wausau. To make this even more exciting, January 23 is a Day of Action for all of the Gamaliel Network. Sister organizations of ours in 18 other cities are planning to have some sort of action related to Criminal Justice reform that day.
Below is some additional background information about Mass Supervision.
A Focus for Gamaliel Work to Reform the Penal System
In June, 2018, a gathering of Gamaliel organizers and leaders (including members of MOSES, WISDOM) who work on matters related to ending mass incarceration and reforming the penal system agreed that we would together lift up the issues related to Mass Supervision. This is meant to enhance, not replace, the work currently being done by Gamaliel around the country.
Supervision is widespread and has grown by 400% in less than 40 years.
Mass Supervision refers to the huge increase in the number of people around the country who are on probation, parole or “extended supervision.” These are people who are not in a jail or prison, but who are under the control of the Corrections system. People on Supervision are deprived of some basic rights, such as the right to vote and the right to due process before being punished. In 1980, the number of people on Supervision in the US was about 1.25 million. By 2016, that number was about 5 million.