Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Greetings from Waupun, home of Wisconsin's oldest maximum-security prison

Photo source:  Daily Dodge

Sources:  Waupun prison (WI DOC), Waupun, Wisconsin (QuickFacts)

Census counting of prisoners becomes partisan battleground.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/18/2019)
State legislative District 53, about 90 minutes northwest of Milwaukee, has a large black population — larger than 74 other state districts, at least on paper. But of the 2,784 African-Americans in the district in the last census, almost 80 percent were incarcerated, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit that wants to end using prisoners for redistricting.

According to the linked report, Waupun Correctional Institution houses 1,257 inmates, of which 742 are African-American.  The current estimated population of Waupun is 11,318.

Source:  Wisconsin Department of Corrections (arrow added)

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