EXPO Leaders sponsored events in Eau Claire, Madison and Milwaukee to explore and expose the use of mass supervision in Wisconsin. The events included a presentation on Columbia University Justice Lab’s newly released study on mass supervision in Wisconsin and included the testimonies of people who have been directly impacted by Wisconsin’s horrific, racist system of mass supervision.
“Mass Supervision” refers to the huge increase in the number of people who are on probation, parole or “extended supervision.” These are people who are not in a jail or prison, but who are under the control of the Corrections system. People on Supervision are deprived of some basic rights, such as the right to vote and the right to due process before being punished. The report shows that Wisconsin’s use of Supervision and of crimeless revocations is excessive, and presents safe, reasonable alternatives.
The presentations were followed by a state budget advocacy training led by organizers with WISDOM, EXPO, JustLeadershipUSA, and the ACLU of Wisconsin to prepare participants for the process towards the passage of the new state budget. Participants continue meetings with legislators in their districts, and testified in all four of the Joint Finance hearings and provided leadership for WISDOM’s Madison Action Day.