NO NEW $350 MILLION NEW PRISON!!!

Two weeks ago, the Wisconsin State Assembly recklessly approved a massive new expenditure of tax dollars to build a prison we don’t need. They amended Senate Bill 54 (SB54) so that it includes authorization to borrow $350 million to build a new prison, as well as another $50 million per year in additional spending.

The State Senate can stop this irresponsible plan when they meet later this month.

Next Tuesday we need as many people as possible to come to the Capitol to let Senators know that SB54 is a terrible idea. They need to stop it, and focus on policies that will actually make us safer.

Join us in Madison: Tuesday, March 13: 10:00am at the State Capital Building

For those coming from the Milwaukee/Racine/Waukesha area, there will be a bus, which has been chartered by our friends at the ACLU:
8:20 am Bus leaves Milwaukee from St. Francis Church, 1927 N. 4 th Street
8:40 am Bus stops at Goerke’s Corner Park & Ride
12:30 pm Bus leaves Madison to return to Milwaukee

If you want a seat on the bus, you need to register yourself HERE. The bus ride is free, but you need to be signed up, and you need to be there on time!
In Madison, we will visit the offices of all of our State Senators.

Whether or not you will be with us in Madison, we are also asking that you call your State Senator today. If you don’t know the number to call, you can find it HERE. You only need to contact your Senator’s office, not your Assembly Rep. It’s fine to talk with staff members.

Some things you can say to them include:

  • $350 million is a huge amount of money that the Assembly added at the last minute. That is reckless. Before spending our money on a new prison, the state needs to look at the ways it can safely reduce the prison population: by expanding Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD); by ending Crimeless Revocations; by re-starting the Parole process. We could cut down the prison population by thousands by just doing those things.

  • Other states, both Democrat and Republican-led, are reducing their prison populations. Texas and Michigan are 2 examples of states that are closing prisons. And, the states that are reducing their prison populations are the ones seeing the greatest DECREASE IN CRIME.

As citizens, we want our leaders to take a careful look at how we can have less people in prison, rather than make a rash decision to borrow $350 million for our children and grandchildren to pay back.

Join us in Madison!
Call your State Senator!

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Last edited by Tyler Schuster.   Page last modified on March 07, 2018

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