BBC News recently highlighted Wisconsin’s disproportionate level of black male incarceration as part of its “Altered States” series. The video report, shot mainly in Milwaukee, focuses on a much-discussed University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study pointing out that Wisconsin imprisons 12.8% of its black male population - a rate higher than any other state and nearly double the national average. Lead researcher Lois Quinn also noted that more than half of Milwaukee County black men in their 30s had spent time in prison.
The study garnered some local and national press when it was first released back in April, but the BBC’s report marks one of the first foreign outlets covering the story.
Lois Quinn discusses more details of the research in the clip, with brief appearances from Police Chief Ed Flynn.