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Wisconsin’s prison problem getting worse, not better



It shouldn’t take this long. The state of Wisconsin has been plagued by poor conditions in its prisons for decades, and it appears the problems are getting worse instead of better. Governor Tony Evers ran on a platform of improving prison conditions and reducing the prisoner population, when he first ran for office in 2018. That was five years ago, but few improvements have been made. Now Evers has a plan for the state’s aging, outdated and overcrowded prison system. He wants to move prisoners from the institution in Waupun to other correctional institutions  in the state. That is because Waupun is overpopulated by more than 100 prisoners. But like Waupun, the other prisons have staffing issues too, even though the starting pay for guards has been raised significantly to try to attract new workers. This is not a new problem. It has been building for a long time. There have been lawsuits and FBI investigations into how Wisconsin treats its prisoners, and both Waupun and the prison in Green Bay are on lockdown, and have been for many months. Prisoners are being denied exercise time and visitations because of staffing issues. It is sad that despite pledging to make fixing our prisons a priority, it seems we are no closer to improving conditions than we were when Evers called fixing the prison problems a priority.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Roger Dahl

    November 17, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Prison sucks. It’s supposed to suck. That’s why I obey the rules.

    • Thomas Heldstab

      November 19, 2023 at 9:53 pm

      Ok Mr perfect, your missing the poin. Prison is not supposed to be torture. Ya dick

  2. Tiffany Jones

    November 17, 2023 at 9:09 pm

    They Need too Look into the county jails in Wisconsin also they are treated unfairly been denied the nurses their been attacked Marathon County Jail inmates needs help and they also need to take a look at the District Attorney Teresa W

  3. Brock

    November 18, 2023 at 10:25 am

    Anyone or you needs more of an eye opener, let me know! Your head will be spinning with what I experienced first hand! I struggle with debilitating PTSD to this day. Rogers comment….is basically saying it has nothing to do with me so I don’t care. And that type of ignorance is what has given the DOC the power to hang the curtain over everyone’s faces. Taking advantage of the innocence and obedience of the community. If you all only knew how drastically different that world is from the inside.. different from what your being told…

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