State legislators and Department of Corrections officials are discussing postponing closure of the state’s youth prisons for up to two years, an idea triggering alarm by local youth justice advocates and Milwaukee County officials.
After Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake close in 2021, Milwaukee County will open a secure residential facility for youth in Milwaukee’s Havenwoods neighborhood, which leaders say will be in stark contrast to the youth prisons.
As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the “Stay Out the Game” summit taught youth how to detect signs of sex trafficking, build healthy relationships and protect themselves in unsafe situations.
People directly impacted by the criminal justice system in Wisconsin presented their case for criminal justice reform to representatives of Gov. Tony Evers’ administration, arguing for increased accountability, mental health resources and re-entry support.
Rhonda Hill organizes hip-hop-themed tea tasting events for women of different ages to gather, socialize and network around a common, encouraging discussion topic.
Sandra Parks was an eighth-grader at Keefe Avenue School. When she was killed, a special Milwaukee Public Schools team came in to support grieving students and help the school community start to heal.
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service covered a wide range of stories focused on central city neighborhoods in the past year. NNS reporter Allison Dikanovic explains why the story republished here is her favorite among the pieces she wrote in 2018.
As part of the “Gathering Art, Stories and Place” initiative, artist Erick Ledesma celebrated the end of his residency at the Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Street Branch, unveiled a permanent installation and passed the torch to the next artist-in-residence, Celeste Contreras.
Milwaukee County officials hope the new Bakari Center, a residential treatment facility for justice-involved youth at 32nd and Hampton, will successfully transition youth back into the community and offer a model for future secure facilities.
Rocky Coe has been an activist his entire life, as an attorney focusing on labor law, and in his personal life as a caring neighbor in Sherman Park.