Wisconsin incarcerates African Americans at a greater rate than any other state in America. Our justice system has become unequal and unjust. Our community witnesses this inequality daily.
In addition, Wisconsin has a high rate of wrongful convictions, yet provides one of the lowest compensation rates of any state for those exonerated – $5,000 a year, and a maximum of $25,000. This is far below the national standard of $50,000 per year. Failing to fairly compensate these innocent individuals makes it extremely hard for them to reenter our community in a productive way, particularly those who were incarcerated for many years.