Madison, November 6, 2018: CLOSEmsdf To Outline Demands Of Next Governor

CLOSEmsdf To Outline Demands Of Next Governor

201 E Mifflin, Central Library, Madison, 9-10 A.M.

#CLOSEmsdf campaign demands prison closure, an end to re-incarceration through alleged “crimeless rule violations” and for savings from prison closure to be invested in locally-run, community-based services for returning community members

WHAT: #CLOSEmsdf campaign members from across Wisconsin will hold a press conference putting forward their demands for Wisconsin’s next Governor. The #CLOSEmsdf campaign shifted the conversation on decarceration in Wisconsin since it launched in 2017. Eight leading candidates for Wisconsin governor committed to working with the #CLOSEmsdf coalition to decarcerate Wisconsin, close Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) and #buildCOMMUNITIES at a forum attended by 700 people in Waukesha in June. #CLOSEmsdf demands that Wisconsin’s elected officials including the next Governor enact policies to:

1. Stop incarcerating people for violations of supervision. Wisconsin keeps people under intensive (post-prison) supervision for much longer periods than most states, and then sends people back to prison for rule violations at a much higher rate than other states. Wisconsin’s “crimeless revocation” process relies on incarceration as the primary response to alleged “rule violations,” giving the Department of Corrections unchecked power. Wisconsin must overhaul supervision laws, allowing people facing potential revocation to remain home until their hearing and abolish the use of incarceration for crimeless rule violations.

2. Depopulate and close the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. MSDF has already claimed the lives of at least 17 people. It is unsafe for anyone, including people who work there. The cost to Wisconsin taxpayers to keep MSDF open is 40 million dollars per year. Wisconsin must immediately depopulate, shut down, and demolish MSDF.

3. Reinvest the money wasted on MSDF back into communities. The state of Wisconsin must reinvest the excessive corrections spending into workforce development training for formerly incarcerated people, easily accessible expanded mental health services located in communities, and other community-based services. #CLOSEmsdf and #buildCOMMUNITIES.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 9:00am-10:00am

WHERE: Madison Central Public Library
201 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, WI 53703

WHO: #CLOSEmsdf campaign in partnership with Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity (MOSES), EXPO, and local community members.


The #CLOSEmsdf campaign was launched in June 2017 by people who have been directly harmed by MSDF. The campaign is led by a coalition of organizations, including: EXPO (EX-incarcerated People Organizing), WISDOM, IWOC (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee) & JustLeadershipUSA.

For more information, contact Mark Rice at

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