Policy

Comparing population pyramids over time can explain a lot about what life is like in a place, as well as its economic and social challenges.
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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, better known as PFAS, can contaminate groundwater and pose health risks to people. Multiple Wisconsin municipalities are considering how to deal with PFAS, and Wisconsin DNR Sec.-Designee Preston Cole discusses the state's response to the issue.
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The Wisconsin Legislature is the most polarized by party in recent decades. UW-Green Bay political scientist Aaron Weinschenk discusses how legislators' roll call votes help shape the metric of polarization.
Researchers in Wisconsin are exploring how polarized politics can fracture civic discourse. UW-Madison journalism professor Mike Wagner discusses the work of the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal to investigate the intersection of media, technology and politics.
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.