Second Chances and Prisoner Reentry in Wisconsin

March 7, 2019 from 9am-3:30pm
Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr, Madison

The Second Chances and Prisoner Reentry in Wisconsin Conference was a one-day event at Madison’s Monona Terrace that examined Governor Thompson’s proposal to create a second chance for offenders, enhancing Wisconsin’s workforce and creating a path for prisoner re-entry, which also had potential to solve Wisconsin’s coming labor shortage by rehabilitating prisoners. Building upon the Spring 2018 Criminal Justice Reform conference, the Thompson Center engaged center-affiliated faculty, invited scholars, and policymakers interested in changing the criminal justice system through methods that are likely to achieve bipartisan support, such as the use of prosecutorial discretion and prisoner re-entry programs.

The Thompson Center would like to extend our gratitude to our partner The Wisconsin Eye, which streamed and recorded this event. This conference and many other events can be found on their website.

Conference Links

00:05  Ryan Owens – Thompson Center Director
06:15  Tommy G. Thompson – 42nd Governor of Wisconsin (1987-2001)
17:00  Kevin Carr – Secretary Designee of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Panel 1 : How Private Businesses Train and Employ Re-Entering Prisoners
01:18  Eve Hall – President of the Milwaukee Urban League
07:55  Sadique Isahaku – Milwaukee Area Technical College, Dean at the School of Liberal Arts and Science
12:50  Phillip Lowery – Johnson Controls, Vertical Market Director
22:05  Thomas LeBel – UW Milwaukee Faculty, Thompson Center Research Awardee
29:07  Chris Reader – WI Manufacturers and Commerce, Director of Health and Human Resources Policy
37:30 Q&A

Panel 2 : Challenges of Prisoner Reentry
01:15  Melinda Tempelis – District Attorney, Outgamie County
05:33  Avery Goodrich Jr. – Defense Attorney, Former Prosecutor
16:57  Brian Hayes  –  Department of Administration, Division of Hearings and Appeals
32:05  Grant Duwe  –  Research Director, Minnesota Department of Corrections
40:50  Christian Gossett  –  District Attorney, Winnebago County WI
50:20  Kelli Thompson  –  Wisconsin State Public Defender

Panel 3 (partial) Community Models and Former Prisoner Experiences with Reentry
01:00  Michael Jahr  –  The Badger Institute
13:45  Terri Strodthoff  –  Founder and Executive Director, The Alma Center
25:35  Sarah Ferber  –  Associate Director, Ex-Prisoners Organizing (EXPO)
37:10  David Pate  –  UW Milwaukee Faculty, Thompson Center Research Awardee
54:25  Rick Raemisch  –  Former Secretary, Wisconsin and Colorado Department of Corrections
1:14:35  Keynote Speaker: Craig DeRoche  –  Prison Fellowship, Former Speaker of the House

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