A new report “Wisconsin’s Mass Incarceration of African American Males: Workforce, Community & Nonprofit Challenges” by John Pawasarat and Dr. Lois Quinn of UWM will be the focus of a workshop organized by the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee. It will be held Tuesday, June 25 from 8:30 to 10:00 am at the Social Development Commission’s (SDC) Administrative Building at 4041 N. Richards Street in Milwaukee.
“SDC’s main office is located in one of the very areas discussed by this important workforce study,” explained Hannah C. Dugan, Interim SDC CEO. “This study will help SDC craft future programmatic efforts to serve formerly incarcerated residents as they attempt to re-build productive family and work lives in Milwaukee County.”
Dr. Quinn, Senior Scientist from UWM’s Employment and Training Institute and co-author of the study, will present the report that shows that more than half of African American men in their 30’s living in Milwaukee County have served time in prison. The new study from UWM confirms Wisconsin’s unenviable distinction of having the highest per capita incarceration rate of African American males in the nation with a similar disturbing trend mirrored in the Milwaukee area.
Following the presentation, a panel will discuss the findings. Joyce Mallory of Mallory & Associates will moderate the panelists who include Clarence Johnson, Associate Executive Director of Wisconsin Community Services, Torre Johnson from Wisconsin Community Services and the Holton Youth & Family Center, and Dr. C. H. McClelland, Pastor of Holy Cathedral Church of God in Christ.
The study focuses of the impact that mass incarceration has on the economic and social viability of men, women, children and families of the Milwaukee community. It also examines how that impact, in turn, presents many challenges for Milwaukee area human services and educational institutions which are already facing a growing need for their services in a climate of declining funding.
Milwaukee area nonprofits, community organizations, businesses, and governmental agencies are being invited to take part in the discussion. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information and to register for the June 25th workshop, visit the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee website at www.nonprofitcentermilwaukee.org/workshopcal.php.