Policy

Talk of political polarization — epitomized by the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats — is ubiquitous these days.
In 2018, blacks were four times as likely to be arrested as whites for marijuana possession in Wisconsin.
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Milwaukee County is looking into ways to change juvenile incarceration, proposing a $42 million renovation to its existing facility. County supervisor Marcelia Nicholson talks about how the county wants to improve conditions for its juvenile inmates.
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Corrections is one focus of Gov. Tony Evers agenda for Wisconsin as he seeks to reduce the state's prison population. Wisconsin Watch managing editor Dee Hall discusses corrections policy and prison overcrowding in the state.
Revocations for rule violations — and not the commission of new crimes — is the No. 1 cause of incarceration in Wisconsin, accounting for 40% of new admissions.
While 31 states saw decreases in their prison populations from 2017 to 2018, Wisconsin is not one of them.
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts must stay out of cases involving partisan gerrymandering. UW-Madison political science professor and Elections Research Center director Barry Burden discusses what the decision means for Gill v. Whitford .
The ability to issue partial vetoes of appropriations bills has allowed Wisconsin governors since 1930 to wield a quasi-legislative power that can substantially — and sometimes controversially — alter the text and implications of appropriations bills with little if any legislative input.
A bipartisan effort in the Wisconsin Legislature is seeking to add money to a fund that helps forgive loan debt for minority teachers. Higher Education Aids Board executive secretary Connie Hutchison discusses the proposal and its changes to the program.
For nearly two decades after World War II, leaders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison systematically outed gay students to their families, extended harsh punishments for suspected homosexual activity and participated in harmful attempts at psychiatric treatment.