Close the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility

The #CLOSEmsdf Campaign aims not only to close this facility, but to reimagine how we invest in people caught in the penal system. MSDF is beyond reform and must be shuttered in order to build the stronger communities that Milwaukee and Wisconsin deserve.

Click here to read EXPO organizer Mark Rice’s op ed about why the silence and inaction regarding MSDF must stop.

Conditions at Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) are out of step with Wisconsin values. Not only have conditions at the prison been deplorable for years, but the very notion of locking up people struggling with parole and mental health issues is at odds with common sense approaches to justice. MSDF was built in 2001 as a temporary detention facility for people on parole, probation, and extended supervision who allegedly committed violations in their rules of supervision. In the last 16 years, thousands of individuals, convicted of no new crime, have been re-incarcerated at MSDF—over 60 percent of them black men. This practice of “crimeless revocations” exacerbates racial inequities in Milwaukee and Wisconsin, and the inhumane conditions at MSDF violate basic human rights and defy our notions of justice and freedom.

We are proud to announce that the #CLOSEmsdf Coalition is now 17 organizations strong! Please contact us if you know of organizations that would like to join the coalition.

This Campaign is led by Ex-Prisoners Organizing (EXPO), a project of WISDOM, with the support of JustLeadershipUSA, community members, and local Wisconsin organizations. The campaign

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Close the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility