WISDOM Launches 11×15 Blueprint Details #11x15blueprint

On Wednesday, December 10, it was standing room only in the State Capitol as WISDOM announced its blueprint for achieving the goal of cutting Wisconsin’s prison population in half (to 11,000) by 2015. YOU are a critical part of bringing this plan to reality. If you missed the event, you can watch a recording by Wisconsin Eye.

Click here to check out a presentation you can share with your friends, family, and colleagues about the 11×15 Blueprint. (Click here to download the Power Point presentation.)

You can also click here to read the detailed executive summary for more details about the approach WISDOM and its affiliates are taking to end mass incarceration in Wisconsin.

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11×15 Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration Announced Wednesday, December 10, 2014!

Wisconsin can cut its prison population in half.  Actions taken in 2015 can make it happen.  Learn how action by people of faith and good will can be the decisive factor.

11×15 Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration
Wednesday, December 10
10:00 am
State Capitol, Room 411S

Following the presentation, anyone interested in being part of the solution is invited to nearby First United Methodist Church for lunch and to meet in groups to work on strategies to continue to demand:

  • Increased resources for Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) programs that can keep thousands of people out of prison.
  • The Second Chance Act, which will keep most 17 year-olds out of adult courts
  • Sentencing Reform
  • Parole for more than 2,500 eligible prisoners who have been denied a fair chance for release, even after they have served the time intended by judges.
  • An end to the torture that is Solitary Confinement
  • “Compassionate Release” for prisoners who are elderly and/or very ill
  • Alternatives to Revocation for many of the 4,000 people whose Supervision or Parole is revoked for “technical violations”
  • Audit and reform of a faulty GPS Monitoring system
  • Transitional Jobs opportunities for thousands of long-term unemployed Wisconsinites, including many with conviction histories
  • Ban the Box legislation and reform of the CCAP on-line data base

For more information, contact David Liners at 414-736-2099, or at  Or, contact any local WISDOM organization.

Monthly Meeting THIS Saturday, March 1

Yes, this Saturday is the first of month and MOSES/11×15 Campaign will meet at First Congregational Church, 1609 University Avenue. We have some good news to share and important work to do.
download (1)Park in the small lot across the street from the back of church and enter from the door on the south side.  We will be in the Fellowship Hall in the basement.  See you there!

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 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: 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