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.

Those that disrupt our community must face consequences, but our justice system must do that in a fair, equal way. We have a lot we can do to improve the process, in all aspects of our justice system. I have worked with several groups, on both sides of the political aisle, to reform our justice system and stand up for those who face inequality and injustice. Some of those ideas are included here.