There's a price to pay when someone is sent to jail in Wisconsin — literally. Wisconsin Watch managing editor Dee Hall discusses the widespread practice of of Wisconsin counties charging inmates for their stay in jail. Are these fees necessary, or do they violate the rights of those incarcerated?
At least 23 Wisconsin counties assess "pay-to-stay" fees, which charge inmates for room and board for the time they are incarcerated. In addition, there are other fees inmates must pay, depending on the county they are in.
Open records requests allow citizens to see what politicians are doing and saying out of the public eye. Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, discusses how this tool of transparency can turn murky.
As groups of siblings sit around a large campfire, they begin to share stories while eating a few snacks. They're starting to make memories that will have to last them until they can see each other again. And for some of them, that could be for a whole year.
The Foxconn project has taken a toll on residents of Mount Pleasant who have sold their properties to accommodate the development of new roads. WPR reporter Corrinne Hess discusses divisions between homeowners and the local government over these land acquisitions.
Research shows that Wisconsin trails behind other states when it comes to new business development. University of Wisconsin-Extension community development specialist Matthew Kures discusses its potential impact on the state's economy.