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.


Madison Action Day: March 30th

Nearly 1,000 people of faith from across Wisconsin will gather at the state capitol to advocate for criminal justice reform to be reflected in the proposed state budget.

Breakfast (including special breakfast for religious leaders) and networking.

Breakout sessions, lunch, march around the Capitol, press conference, and meetings with state representatives.

Cost: $25 (includes light breakfast and lunch)


Flyer for Printing

Marquette to display segregation cell, co-sponsor forum on prisons

Officials at Marquette University and at WISDOM, a statewide group of faith leaders and activists, are joining together to educate the public about solitary confinement in Wisconsin.

Read the full article


On February 4th, WISDOM, held a listening session and invited the community to come and hear the stories of people who have experienced incarceration or the families members of people impacted by a loved ones incarceration. Several people spoke about their experiences on a multitude of topics: loss, frustration, lack of clean water within the prison at Fox Lake. There were also several people encouraging the community to keep their hearts and minds open and to strive for justice for those who have been imprisoned. Several legislators and their representatives attended the session, among them were Rep. Barns, Rep. Subeck, Rep. Sargent, Rep. Berceau, Rep. Pope, Sen. Miller and staff from Reps. Taylor, Bowen, and Kahl.

Channel3000 editorial on crimeless revocation

neil_heinen_editorialThis week Neil Heinen and Channel3000 endorsed the idea that people who have not committed new crimes should not be returned to prison (i.e. no crimeless revocatons).

The editorial also mentions the public forum  announcing a new report (Excessive Revocations In Wisconsin) that documents the damage done by crimeless revocations both to the person directly impacted and also to their family and to their community.

Channel3000 joins a growing movement that is critical of crimeless revocations. This movement points out that states using alternative sanctions (other than reincarceration) with with people on probation or parole not only save money but they they reduce violent crime.

MOSES Meeting December 3rd

Dec 3, 2016
First Unitarian
900 University Bay Dr,
Madison, WI 53705

9:30 Networking
10:00 Program



MPOLIS – Moral Political Organizing Leadership Institute and Summit
From: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Host:  Pastor Walter Lanier
Location: Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
8324 W. Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Limited Space -REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Montre Moore, 414-639-0000

A MORAL REVIVAL – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Host: Pastor Patrick Keen, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church                                                               3022 W. Wisconsin Avenue (Entrance and Parking off Wells)                                                       Limited Space – TICKETS REQUIRED: Pastor Boyd, 414-507-1115

Moral Political Organizing Leadership Institute and Summit from 9-2 PM at the  Progressive Missionary Baptist Church and he will give an evening presentation at 7 PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  Both events are free but will require tickets.  See the attachment for directions on getting tickets.

 Revival Time for a Moral Revolution of Values is a national, multi-state tour to redefine morality in American politics.  The Revival promotes a broad social justice agenda that centers on five key issue areas: the economic liberation of all people; access to quality education for every child; healthcare access for all; criminal justice reform; and assurance that historically marginalized communities have equal protection under the law.  Revival’s goal is to support state-based fusion movements to combat extremism in state and national politics, and to be a catalyst for a resurgence of activism in order to end poverty, racial inequalities, and the most pressing issues in our country.


Volunteer Opportunities with the Youth Court and the Jail!!!

First: Youth Court Facilitation Fall Training Series, 10/8 and 10/15

The TimeBank  Youth Court Team would like to invite you to an upcoming training series for adults who are interested in helping out at the TimeBank Youth Court sessions.  We want to be sure everyone is feeling confident about their role at the session and would like to provide the opportunity for people to gain new skills in facilitating the sessions.  We are currently running youth court sessions in all four Madison High Schools and Verona High School, as well as at two new community sites – Fountain of Life Church on West Badger Rd, and James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church on East Johnson St.  With the recent expansion, we are in need of more adults who are interested in working with youth helping at the sessions.

We’ve got two trainings on the books for people who want to help at the youth court sessions.  The first one is on Saturday, October 8th from 10-12 at the Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St – conference room).  In this training we will do a hands on mock youth court session where we will train people who are interested in being advocate judges, greeters, and notetakers on the logistics of how to run a session.  We will focus on the details and roles of adults in helping to ensure a successful session.  We will talk about what preparations should look like, questioning, and different agreement options.

The second training is on Saturday, October 15th from 10-12, also at the Social Justice Center.  In this training we will focus on different facilitation tips and techniques that can be used to address different situations that may arise during a session.  Things like how to set the tone, how to redirect in a positive way, how to ensure a safe space for everyone, and how to keep everyone on track and focused.  Both trainings will address when and how it is appropriate for adults to step in and redirect, guide, and give input.  The goal of this training series is to help give adults an understanding of our philosophy, the tools to facilitate a session with confidence, and improve everyone’s understanding of what we can do through youth court.

Please rsvp to to reserve your spot.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 – 10:001202 Williamson St, Conference roomMadison53703

The Adult Restorative Justice Program is going to be expanding County-wide and will need more Peacemakers to support the program—–upcoming training:

Peacemakers are integral participants of the restorative justice process who attend “circles” and assist the respondent in making amends to the victim. Trainings will be scheduled on 10/24, 10/27, 11/01 (changed from 10/31), and 11/03 (this one may be optional) from 5-9pm, totaling about 12-16 hours- a meal will be served during the evening. The training will be conducted by Jonathan Scharrer, a professor at UW law school, and food will be provided!

If you are interested in participating contact Frances Leonard — or Ron Johnson (Coordinator for the Program) at the Restorative Justice office– 608-630-1214

Training for Tutoring in the Jail coordinated by the Madison Area Jail Ministry

Sign Up for Fall Training Three half-day sessions in October. Dates: October 8th, 15th and 29th. Times: 8:30 am -12:30 pm Location: Grace Episcopal Church 116 W. Washington Ave. Madison

Visit and complete the online form Or contact us 571-7323

The Jail Tutoring Project is supported by the Madison Area Jail Ministry, a non-profit organization that serves people in the Dane County Jail, their families and communities.

The Jail Tutoring Project is not a program of Dane County. (608) 571-7323

Become a Tutor at the Dane County Jail Vision

We hold that literacy is a fundamental human right, essential to the ability to improve one’s quality of life.

We work towards a vision of basic reading, writing, math, and cultural competency skills for any person who finds him or herself incarcerated in the Dane County Jail. We believe in the life-serving value of selfexpression and effective communication; we seek to build literacy skills alongside a sense of pride, competence, hope, self-worth, and joy. (608) 571-7323





Things Get Worse for Wisconsin Hunger Strikers!

Dying to Live Hunger Strikers Kept on the Brink of Death by Retaliatory DOC

Contact: Jason Geils IWOC, 414-350-9585,
Interview contact: Chance Zombor, 262-844-3703,

Dying to Live Hunger Strikers Kept on the Brink of Death by Retaliatory DOC

Waupun WI- According to a letter from hunger striker LaRon McKinley, the Dying to Live hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) has become a serious health crisis after seventy-six days.

On August 15, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC) decided to suspend the force feeding they have subjected the prisoners to since June 17. They allowed McKinley and Cesar DeLeon, the two most committed hunger strikers, to go without food or water for 72 hours, until they were severely dehydrated. Then they tube fed them again on Thursday August 18.

“Presently, and for most of this week, we have been under retaliatory attack by our warden as a direct consequence of our political efforts… to force an end to prolonged Administrative Confinement,” the letter from McKinley reads.

On Saturday August 13, a coalition of prisoner supporters from across the state gathered in Waupun to protest DOC practices and show solidarity with the hunger strike. They were greeted by offensive gestures, threats and insults by local residents, some of whom likely work at the prison.

“We believe Warden Foster has changed the force feeding regimen in response to our protest, unfortunately, the changes are retaliatory: increasing the pain, harm and danger these men are experiencing in an effort to break their will,” says Chance Zombor, who led the march on August 13.
A sudden intake of calories by a starved and dehydrated person causes violent metabolic shifts, leading to a potentially fatal condition called refeeding syndrome. WI DOC has begun a regimen that is very likely to cause refeeding syndrome. According to wikipedia, “the shifting of electrolytes and fluid balance increases cardiac workload and heart rate. This can lead to acute heart failure. Oxygen consumption is also decreased which strains the respiratory system.”

When the United States Military was force-feeding suspected terrorists on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay, they took care to first intravenously re-hydrate the starving people to prevent refeeding syndrome. In Waupun, the DOC only allows the prisoners to drink lead-polluted water from the 165 year old institution, which causes diarrhea and exacerbates their dehydration.

McKinley suspects the DOC is intentionally keeping them on the brink of death. According to his letter, after 42 hours without food or water—because they refused to drink Waupun’s polluted water, he and Cesar DeLeon, “were diagnosed as seriously dehydrated, and the tube feeding was then recommended, but this time they made us both go exactly 30 more hours, to exactly 72 hours each. Seventy Two hours without water is a well known and medically held time limit that would and is generally believed to kill most people.”

The hunger strikers believe Waupun staff will continue force feeding them every 72 hours in an effort to make the hunger strike as unbearable as possible. McKinley’s letter goes on to describe his body’s response, which mirrors the symptoms of refeeding syndrome: “due to the stress and ordeal that our bodies had gone through, they kind of reacted as if they had been poisoned when said fluids were eventually forced into the stomach.”
Outside supporters are demanding that the DOC allow LaRon McKinley and Cesar DeLeon to drink bottled water, and that Wisconsin meet the striker’s central demand: a one-year cap on any form of solitary confinement. They are asking people to contact Warden Foster, DOC Secretary Jon Litscher, and Governor Scott Walker. More information, including phone numbers and email addresses can be found at