MOSES Monthly Meeting and 11×15 Updates

Join us for our monthly meeting on Saturday, December 7 at the usual time and place:
from 10-12pm, First Congregational Church at 1609 University Avenue, Madison WI 53726

11X15 News updates

     A 2008 Legislative Audit Bureau report shows higher rates of recidivism among younger offenders placed into the adult correctional system. Recidivism rates among 17-year-old defendants in Wisconsin are estimated to be as high as 48 percent, three times higher than for adult offenders or younger juveniles in the juvenile system. The Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council requested an analysis of the juvenile justice process in Wisconsin and examination of current practices in other states. This report evaluates the status quo policy and two categories of alternative policies: waiver laws and blended sentencing.   For a 2008 study:  Treatment of Juveniles in the WI Criminal Court System: An Analysis of Potential Alternatives prepared for the Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council by the La Follette School of Public Affairs…click here

“Active participation by a Sentencing Commission is an essential element of effective guidelines,” according to a recent research report Assessing Consistency and Fairness in Sentencing (National Center for State Courts, 2008). The report is based on a comparative inquiry into how sentencing guidelines shape who is sentenced to prison and for what length of time. A key finding of the study is that Commissions play a critical role in designing guidelines, assessing whether guidelines are working as intended, and identifying how needed adjustments might best be made A 2008 comparative study of sentencing guidelines by National Center for State Courts (NCSC) click here…

The fear, anxiety and memory loss are some of the symptoms commonly found among people kept in extreme isolation. They lie at the heart of a policy and scientific debate that was renewed this summer after prisoners statewide went on a hunger strike to protest conditions in high-security lockups. State legislators have begun to question whether a system primarily designed to isolate gang members is standing in the way of rehabilitation.  For a sense of the enduring impact of prison isolation see this November 8, 2013 LA Times article: Prison isolation

In February, a group of American corrections officials, judges, prosecutors and public defenders spent a week visiting prisons in Germany and the Netherlands. Those countries incarcerate people at about one-tenth the rate of the United States, for far less time, and under conditions geared toward social reintegration rather than punishment alone. US incarcerates more…

A letter to the editor about the challenges facing ‘offenders’ seeking housing “Offender” stigma for would-be renters

 

Join us for MOSES First Annual Celebration!

To purchase your ticket, contact Bev at 608-244-2115 or email bevobuhr@gmail.com.

111613MOSES banquet

Monthly Meeting September 7th at Fountain of Life Church

We hope to see you Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 10am for our monthly meeting.
Because there is a UW football game that morning, parking near our usual meeting spot will be virtually non-existent!  Instead the meeting will be held at:
Fountain of Life Churchfile000366660229
633 W. Badger Rd.
Madison WI  53713

Fountain of Life is about 2 blocks east of Park Street.  Badger is the last cross street on Park St. before the beltline.

The October monthly meeting will be the first Saturday in October (10/5) back at First Congregational at 10am.

July Monthly Meeting THIS Saturday, July 13, 2013

We hope to see you THIS Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10am for our monthly meeting.
Due to a scheduling conflict, we will meet at
Fountain of Life church
633 W. Badger Rd.
Madison WI  53713

Fountain of Life is about 2 blocks west of Park Street.  Badger is the last cross street on Park St. before the beltline.

Monthly meetings are generally held the first Saturday of each month at First Congregational Church.  The date was changed due to the 4th of July holiday and the location was changed due to a scheduling conflict.

The August monthly meeting with be the first Saturday in August, the 3rd, back at First Congregational at 10am.

Time Change for May Monthly Meeting

From Carol Rubin, Co-Chair, MOSES

file000298225618Our monthly meeting is THIS Saturday  from 9:00 a.m. and goes until 1:00 p.m. (unlike our usual meeting which is 10 till noon). It is at our usual location at First Congregational Church at 1609 University Avenue, in the Fellowship Hall in the basement. We will begin with some important developments in the 11×15 Campaign for about 30 minutes, and then move into our special meeting on MOSES’ organization and governance which will put MOSES on solid ground for future stability and effectiveness.
There will be coffee and donuts, as well as sandwiches for our lunch break.
See you at 9:00 on Saturday, May 4th.

 

MOSES/Wisdom Members Testify before the Joint Committee on Finance

Summary by John Stedman, JONAH

MOSES team revising their comments before hearing begins

MOSES team revising their comments before hearing begins

About 12 powerful leaders from MOSES / Wisdom testified before the Joint Committee on Finance on April 10, 2013.  Sadly, bad weather forced the NAOMI contingent to cancel their trip.  Each leader powerfully presented TAD’s from a different perspective, but they held in common the refrain “Invest in What Works” and  “TAD’s Work!”.  Carol Rubin did an excellent job helping her co-leaders be prepared.

The venue for the proceedings was Kalahari Resort and we were told that this was the first time JFC ever conducted hearings in Wisconsin Dells.  The room was set up for about 500 and at the opening of the Hearings most chairs were filled.

JFC co-chair, Senator Darling, conducted the hearings efficiently – holding speakers to their two minutes of allotted time.  Early testimony was mostly from three broad constituencies: Circus World, WI Public Schools, and Wisdom/MOSES.  Testimony from the first two groups was from professionals and administrative staff.  MOSES was distinguished by the power of their testimony and the fact that it was leader not staff driven.

Joan Duerst being interviewed after testimony by NBC News.

Joan Duerst being interviewed after testimony by NBC News.

Immediately following her testimony Sister Joan was sought ought by TV 15 (NBC) for an interview.

Also immediately following the Hearing, Senator Wirch sought us out and commended everyone for their terrific testimony.  He encouraged us to continue to push TAD’s.  He said the Wisdom presence at hearings in Greendale, Green Bay and Wisconsin Dells was very definitely “Having an impact”.  He hoped we would be in Baldwin and I assured him we would be there.  He said that while he felt we would not get all we asked for, he felt it likely we would see some increased funding for Drug Courts and Veterans Courts.

MOSES members waiting to testify.

MOSES members waiting to testify.

I was very proud to be associated with Wisdom and all the MOSES leaders.

How to Build a Strong Congregational Justice Team

MOSES is offering an interactive, 2-part leadership opportunity for member congregations and others who are interested in MOSES. The training will be led by WISDOM state Director David Liners.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 
9:00 am – Noon
First Unitarian Society
900 University Bay Drive, Madison
Atrium Auditorium

Congregations are encouraged to bring a group of members interested in building a strong core team within their congregation.
The morning will include:

One-on-One Training
Individual one-on-one conversations are vital to finding out what issues directly concern congregation and community members and make the work of justice more central to the life of the church and community. A one-on-one listening campaign will strengthen the bonds of community in the congregation, and will build a stronger foundation for our justice work through MOSES. We will practice simple skills, disciplines and attitudes that allow the listener to hear and honor the stories, passions, and experiences in a person’s life, and provide a basis for future dialogue and collaboration.

Core Team Training
Learn how to build and/or strengthen a core group of leaders in your congregation to respond to the justice issues that are important to your congregation and the larger community. This portion of the training will provide ideas, processes and procedures needed to build strong, effective
teams that people want to join!


For more information or to RSVP, contact: Lisa Munro at lmunro@wisc.edu.
If you plan to attend an RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

11 x 15 Updates

11X15 News updates

     A 2008 Legislative Audit Bureau report shows higher rates of recidivism among younger offenders placed into the adult correctional system. Recidivism rates among 17-year-old defendants in Wisconsin are estimated to be as high as 48 percent, three times higher than for adult offenders or younger juveniles in the juvenile system. The Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council requested an analysis of the juvenile justice process in Wisconsin and examination of current practices in other states. This report evaluates the status quo policy and two categories of alternative policies: waiver laws and blended sentencing.   For a 2008 study:  Treatment of Juveniles in the WI Criminal Court System: An Analysis of Potential Alternatives prepared for the Wisconsin Joint Legislative Council by the La Follette School of Public Affairs…click here

“Active participation by a Sentencing Commission is an essential element of effective guidelines,” according to a recent research report Assessing Consistency and Fairness in Sentencing (National Center for State Courts, 2008). The report is based on a comparative inquiry into how sentencing guidelines shape who is sentenced to prison and for what length of time. A key finding of the study is that Commissions play a critical role in designing guidelines, assessing whether guidelines are working as intended, and identifying how needed adjustments might best be made A 2008 comparative study of sentencing guidelines by National Center for State Courts (NCSC) click here…

The fear, anxiety and memory loss are some of the symptoms commonly found among people kept in extreme isolation. They lie at the heart of a policy and scientific debate that was renewed this summer after prisoners statewide went on a hunger strike to protest conditions in high-security lockups. State legislators have begun to question whether a system primarily designed to isolate gang members is standing in the way of rehabilitation.  For a sense of the enduring impact of prison isolation see this November 8, 2013 LA Times article: Prison isolation

In February, a group of American corrections officials, judges, prosecutors and public defenders spent a week visiting prisons in Germany and the Netherlands. Those countries incarcerate people at about one-tenth the rate of the United States, for far less time, and under conditions geared toward social reintegration rather than punishment alone. US incarcerates more…

A letter to the editor about the challenges facing ‘offenders’ seeking housing “Offender” stigma for would-be renters

Join us for Madison Action Day 2013: People of Faith United for Justice

Join with WISDOM and our partners from the Wisconsin Council of Churches, the Lutheran Office on Public Policy, Madison-area Urban Ministries, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, as we gather as People of Faith United for Justice from around Wisconsin to build relationships, to educate one another and to act together to ensure that our shared and faithful commitment to compassion and justice is reflected in our next state budget!

Thursday, March 14, 2013
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Bethel Lutheran Church
312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison

 8:30 am Gathering/coffee at Bethel Lutheran Church
 9:30 am Welcome: Hannah Rosenthal, CEO Milwaukee Jewish FederationPlenary session focusing on the impact of faith as both an instrument of social justice and a catalyst for social transformation: Rev. Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theology, Marquette University, Milwaukee
10:30 am Issue – Action Breakout Sessions:
 
  • 11×15 Campaign (Criminal Justice Reform)
    for a Safer, Healthier Wisconsin
  • Additional breakout groups on
    Environment and Economic Justice
11:30 pm Lunch and preparation for Capitol visits
12:15 pm March to Capitol
12:30 pm Prayer Rally at Capitol, led by interfaith religious leaders
 1:30  pm Meetings with legislators
  4:00 pm Conclude

Registration and Lunch: $20/person by March 4
$10 for students and low income; scholarships available

Because of parking, we urge people to carpool, use church vans or public transportation.

To register: email your name and contact information to Lynn Butorac at: lbutorac@sbcglobal.net or print and mail this form,  madison_action_day_regist_020312 and payment  to:
MOSES c/o Lynn Butorac
2846 Moland St A1
Madison 53704

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