It’s Time to Close the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility

In 2015, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that “incarcerating people for relatively low offenses is not a significant issue in the state of Wisconsin”. Actually, it is a huge problem.

It is time for Governor Walker to face the fact that crimeless revocation – the practice of re-incarcerating people on probation, parole, and extended supervision for minor rule violations – is more than significant. It is a failed policy, a waste of money, and an embarrassment to Wisconsin.

A new Health Impact Assessment demonstrates that Wisconsin incarcerated 3,000 people for crimeless revocations in 2015.

In 2001, the state of Wisconsin built the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility to house people who have allegedly violated rules of probation, parole, and extended supervision. This facility is used to unnecessarily incarcerate thousands of people who have not been convicted of new crimes.

James Wilborn, who was an EXPO leader, died in Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility during the summer of 2015. The extreme heat at MSDF was a factor in his death, as was his inability to obtain medications that he needed there. He should have never been incarcerated there.

Problems facing people incarcerated at MSDF include extreme heat, poor ventilation, no outdoor recreation, being locked down for 22 hours a day, no in-person visits, and other abuses. All of this is for people who have not been convicted of new crimes and in most cases have not even been charged with new crimes.

It is time for Governor Walker to close MSDF!

Please sign a petition to close the MSDF. Click here.


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Last edited by Tyler Schuster.   Page last modified on February 02, 2017

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