We work to end employment and housing discrimination by educating, advocating, and providing life changing opportunities to marginalized populations in general and ex-offenders, single parents, the unskilled, unemployed, and underemployed in particular, with the intention of providing stability for families and therefore communities.
Specifically, we seek to remove barriers to sustainability for formerly incarcerated people, develop opportunities for self-sufficiency, and family strengthening. To accomplish this mission, we will remain flexible in order to build a reputable policy-oriented organization, nurture partnerships, empower those at risk, research, implement best practices, educate, organize, and advocate.
A study released in 2014 by researchers at the Employment and Training Institute at the UW-Milwaukee shows that Wisconsin is the worst in racial disparities in the criminal justice system. While 6.2% of WI’s population is African American, the same population represents 51% of prison admissions. Milwaukee County makes up 16% of the state’s population and it is responsible for 37% of prison admissions. The report also shows that Wisconsin is the nation’s leader in locking up Native American men (7.6%), just ahead of South Dakota (7.3%). The volume of imprisoned black males, of prime working age, has increased to such an extent that over half of all the African-American men from Milwaukee County in their 30s have been or currently are in adult DOC correctional institutions.
Long-term joblessness leads to homelessness. Long-term homelessness leads to crime. Crime leads to recidivism. It is an ongoing cycle of punishment and poverty, from generation to generation.
Clean Slate Wisconsin proposes a triple-win approach by expunging the conviction and giving people a fresh start! It is a win for the states of Wisconsin and Illinois by drastically reducing recidivism and saving millions in corrections. Revenues of the states can be spent on public schools, transportation, and infrastructure projects!
Expungement levels the playing field for people who want a “fresh start”. It’ll help to restore an individual’s confidence and self-esteem. Statistics show that people are less likely to reoffend when given a new beginning. They get their lives back. Families can reunite to work and form strong and thriving communities.
Call us at 414-627-0067. We offer a FREE 15-minute consultation.