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.
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.
Rates of unvaccinated children are on the rise in Wisconsin as more parents seek personal waivers for their children. Dr. James Conway, a UW Medical School pediatrics professor and infectious disease specialist discusses the risks vaccine refusal poses and the state's chances of outbreaks.
While the cost of insulin surges, many diabetes patients are left to foot excessively high bills. One Wisconsin woman shares the financial challenges she faces to afford insulin, and American Diabetes Association spokesperson Dr. LaShawn McIver discusses the national scope of this issue.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has faced prison overcrowding and staffing shortages for years. Sec.-Designee Kevin Carr discusses these and other challenges the agency hopes to tackle, including plans to close the embattled Lincoln Hills juvenile facility.