Every year the Wisconsin Department of Corrections revokes the probation or parole of 3,000 former inmates who go back to prison even though they have not been convicted of a new crime.
What they've done is violated a rule…perhaps taken a job without prior approval, or purchased a cellphone without getting it OK'd. So back they go for, on average, a year and a half. The cost in both dollars and human lives is steep and unnecessary and unjust.
A new report details the health impact of these "crimeless revocations," including housing and employment loss, stress and stigma suffered not just by the offender but by their families.
A new movement is forming to reform revocation practices which, no surprise, disproportionately affect people of color.
There's a community forum to discuss the new report Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ.
We're on board. It's a response to disparities and criminal IN-justice. There should be no time without a crime.
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