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Authors, panels to discuss mass incarceration issues

“Confronting Mass Incarceration” is the theme behind a series of upcoming discussions and presentations.

By - Oct 10th, 2017 10:14 am

“Confronting Mass Incarceration” is the theme behind a series of upcoming discussions and presentations by three authors deeply immersed in the politics and morality of America’s penal society.
The events, sponsored by Milwaukee Turners, Boswell Books, and other partners, are free and open to the public.

“Wisconsin’s prison population is rising,” said Michael Morgan, who was secretary of the Department of Administration under former Gov. Jim Doyle. “We need to better understand the trend so we can undertake sensible, fiscally responsible reforms to reverse it.”

Morgan is part of a coalition of groups and individuals, initiated by the Milwaukee Turners, that is working on the Confronting Mass Incarceration project. Its goal is a 50% reduction in the state prison population in 10 years.

I. DANIEL KARPOWITZ Author of College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration Co-sponsored by Cardinal Stritch University Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 pm – Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave.

Also, 4:00 pm panel discussion: “Is Doing Time a Waste of Time and Money?” Compare to Malcolm X on reading in prison – “I had never been so truly free in my life.” – Downtown MATC, 700 W. State St, Milwaukee 53233 Room S120

II. JULILLY KOHLER-HAUSMANN Author of Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America Monday, October 30 at 7:00 pm – Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave.

Also, 4:00 pm panel discussion: “Stoking Racism for Political Power: What Can Be Done?” – Downtown MATC, 700 W. State St, Milwaukee 53233 Room S120

III. FRANK P. ZEIDLER MEMORIAL LECTURE Co-sponsored by the Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture Committee

HEATHER ANN THOMPSON

Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, which also was a finalist for the National Book Award and included on 14 “Best of 2016” lists. Dr. Thompson has also written extensively on the history of policing, mass incarceration, and the criminal justice system. This event will include a talk by Dr. Thompson, followed by an audience Q & A. Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Turner Hall Ballroom, 1038 N. 4th St.

Also Sunday, November 5 panel discussion with the author, 3:00 pm: “What the State Hides: How Can Democracy Work Without the Facts?” – Turner Restaurant, 1038 N. 4th St.

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