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Rates of imprisonment have gone up dramatically over the past four decades in Wisconsin, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a criminal justice think-tank based in Massachusetts.



  • Black people in Wisconsin are incarcerated at a rate of 4,042 per 100,000, and 2,639 per 100,000 identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native. By contrast, white people are locked up at a rate of 416 per 100,000, according to the dataset.

  • The state has an incarceration rate of 663 per 100,000 people (including prisons, jails, immigration detention and juvenile justice facilities), meaning it locks up a higher percentage of the public compared to “almost any democracy on Earth.” The United Kingdom, by comparison, locks people up at a rate of 129 per 100,000. In Canada, that rate is 104 per 100,000 people.

The new program will start with a panel of experts discussing the pros and cons of worker cooperatives, Usher said.

Program offerings

“After that event, we will allow people to go into breakout rooms,” Usher said, adding those will include talks about what the worker cooperative model can do for attendees in a justice context, and that there will be networking opportunities.