The number of students who passed their GED tests at Milwaukee’s four main testing sites nose-dived when a new, more challenging test was rolled out in 2014. It has been rising slowly since then, but is still fewer than one-fourth of the total who passed in 2013.
Women of color in Milwaukee will be disproportionately harmed by a provision in the American Health Care Act ending Medicaid reimbursements for abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood. This could result in severely limited services such as gynecological exams, STD testing and treatment, and contraception.
Located on the city’s South Side, West Greenfield Avenue has become the city’s main prostitution hub, and a place where prostitutes and residents alike are victimized.
An ordinance meant to provide opportunity for minorities in the construction industry can help address unemployment and crime, but it must be better monitored, funded and enforced.
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center is offering a support group for Latina teens to help them cope with mental health illnesses. Latinas are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts or attempts than the general population.
Heroin addiction plagues Milwaukee and the nation. Understanding the cause requires understanding the victims.
The Human Trafficking Task Force of Greater Milwaukee educates people about the problem plaguing the community and searches for solutions.
The commercial sex trade industry works like any other market, with supply and demand. Experts say that a stronger emphasis on deterring people from purchasing sex in Milwaukee would address a root cause of the problem.
While financial experts warn against the dangers of payday lending, cash-strapped Milwaukeeans take out payday loans because they have no other choice.
Most defendants in Municipal Court don’t have a lawyer because they say legal representation is too expensive. Those who are represented by counsel fare much better. Between 2011 and 2014, only 8 percent of cases without an attorney were dismissed, while 57 percent involving an attorney were successfully defended.