Governor Evers met with WISDOM and EXPO leaders the day we kicked off the campaign to Close the Green Bay Correctional Institution and told them, “… We can’t close GBCI without dealing with criminal justice reform and finding ways to draw down the prison population state-wide”.
We know how to do it:
- 5,000 people statewide are in prison for “crimeless revocations”, that is, they have been revoked for a rule violation – often very minor ones – while out on supervision but haven’t been convicted of a new crime. They can be safely released and returned to their families and communities immediately.
- 3,000 people statewide have been in prison long past their intended release date but can’t get past the Parole Board. They can be safely released and returned to their families and communities immediately.
- 100’s of people statewide are in “nursing home” prisons because they are elderly or seriously ill. They can be safely released and returned to their families and communities immediately.
Stop the pipeline:
- 4,000 people each year are incarcerated without a new conviction. Many states rely on community correction strategies to deal with such technical violations. They can safely stay with their families and communities.
- By maximizing Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) programs, 3,000 people could be re-directed to rehabilitation programs rather than to prison. They can safely stay with their families and communities.
CALL GOVERNOR EVERS (608-266-1212) AND YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS (800-362-9472). The message:
- Close the Green Bay Correctional Institution
- Don’t build any new prisons
- Invest the savings in community-based correctional strategies
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