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.
The Milwaukee Police Department writes a disproportionate number of citations in the poorest areas of the city, where many residents do not have the means to ever pay their fines.
With the combined resources of MPS, Teach for America, Schools That Can and City Year, an MPS K-8 school that was nearly closed in 2011 is working to improve student achievement, grow attendance and reduce suspensions.
Despite easier access to inexpensive processed foods, Hunger Task Force and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin are increasing the amount of fresh produce rescued from retailers and sourcing directly from area farms.
Cuts to federal aid programs coupled with high poverty rates are putting pressure on Milwaukee’s network of food banks, food pantries and hot meal programs.
A yearlong series of articles addressed how programs created by the “war on poverty” are playing out in Milwaukee half a century later. It also put a face on poverty through the stories of people who struggle every day just to get by.
More than a decade of increased truancy in MPS high schools prompts questions about what the district is doing to address the empty desks.
Despite the large racial disparity in the way marijuana possession laws are enforced in Wisconsin, decriminalization advocates say nothing will change as long as the issue is considered an “inner city” problem.
Some Milwaukee teens are getting their driver’s licenses suspended — sometimes prior to getting them — for unpaid tickets from non-driving offenses.