Press Releases


November 11, 2013

Why Are So Many Wisconsinites Behind Bars, and What Are The Costs?

In the 2010 Census, Wisconsin had the highest percentage of incarcerated black men in the nation. One of every eight black men of working age is behind bars. In Milwaukee County, more than half of African American men in their thirties have served time in prison.

WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public Radio and MPTV - Milwaukee Public Television are embarking on a collaboration to examine Wisconsin's high rate of African American male incarceration. Over the course of six months, WUWM and MPTV will explore the issue, through expert analysis and personal stories of people involved in the criminal justice system. Initial reports will air during the week of November 11-15, 2013.

"WUWM is pleased to partner with MPTV," said WUWM's General Manager Dave Edwards. "Our participation in this collaboration allows us to expand our coverage of the issues and stories that affect our city, our state and our region. We are especially pleased about the broadened capability to investigate stories that have an impact on the future of our community."

Said Ellis Bromberg, MPTV General Manager, "The stories we are working on as part of this special initiative are dramatic and often overlooked. Partnering with our colleagues at WUWM enables us to present these important issues to a wider audience through TV, radio and online."

Reports will explore why the rate of black male incarceration is so high. Conversations will focus on how imprisonment affects not only the men and their futures, but also their families, neighborhoods and the region's economy. The series also will investigate recommended solutions, including changes in sentencing law and programs offering alternatives to prison.

MPTV will broadcast reports and discussions on the following programs:
¡ADELANTE!: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2
BLACK NOUVEAU: Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2
4TH STREET FORUM: Friday, Nov. 15 at 9:00 p.m. on MPTV 36.1 HD

WUWM will feature Project Milwaukee reports and conversations during these programs:
Morning Edition: Mon. Nov. 11, Wed., Nov. 13 and Fri., Nov. 15 at 6 and 7:30 a.m.
Lake Effect: Mon. Nov. 11, Wed., Nov. 13 and Fri., Nov. 15 at 10 a.m.

A list of upcoming programs, reports and interviews will be available on both MPTV's and WUWM's and
Listeners and viewers may join the #behindbars conversation on WUWM's Facebook and Twitter pages (@wuwmradio and @wuwmlakeeffect) and MPTV's Facebook page (Milwaukee Public Television) and Twitter (@InsideMPTV10_36).


Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

WUWM 89.7FM - Milwaukee Public Radio has served as southeastern Wisconsin's premiere listener-supported public radio source providing quality news, public affairs and entertainment programming since 1964. Licensed to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WUWM reaches more than 90,000 listeners each week. WUWM 89.7 FM: NPR / IN-DEPTH NEWS broadcasts locally-produced, award-winning, in-depth news, entertainment and music programming, and carries national and international news from National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media and BBC. Podcast of local programs, WUWM News, Lake Effect and UWM Today are available at Listen on-air at 89.7 FM, on-line at or via your mobile phone. Follow WUWM on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Erin Eaton, MPTV
P: (414) 297-8229

Cynthia Akey, WUWM
P: 414-270-1137