PPI In the News
We want to bring our youth home so that they can receive comprehensive care in the community and change their lives for the better instead of being abused or exposed to abuse.
Wisconsin Businesses Grapple with a Growing Worker Shortage
“I don’t encounter a lot of people literally turning down a job because it didn’t pay enough,” said Julie Kerksick, a senior policy advocate for Public Policy Institute of Community Advocates.
Personal Stories and Support Offered at Milwaukee International Overdose Awareness Day Event
The event, organized by the MCSAP coalition at Kosciuszko Park, drew parents who lost children to overdose, friends and relatives of overdose victims and survivors, members of the drug treatment community
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Food stamp enrollment numbers drop due to Walker policy, advocates say
“This is a choice that the state is making that the state doesn’t have to make,” said Michael Bare, research and program coordinator at the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.
Protecting Milwaukee Youth from Predatory Tobacco Marketing
Residents of North Side neighborhoods—predominantly comprising African Americans with lower incomes—have far more opportunities to buy tobacco products than residents of more affluent, white neighborhoods, such as the Upper East Side and the suburbs.
Judge Orders State Youth Prison To Curtail Use Of Solitary Confinement, Pepper Spray, Shackles
"It's dehumanizing," Jeff Roman said. "It doesn't work. We hope that we can lift up some of the research that says these practices don't work."
Marcus Williams: Help Us, Don’t Incarcerate Us
"I was determined to become more than another statistic. Opportunities, like those provided by groups like Youth Justice Milwaukee and the Running Rebels, allow me and kids like me to move past their mistakes and build a better future."
Wisconsin Submits Plan to Become First State to Drug Screen Some Medicaid Enrollees
"Wisconsin’s outlier health coverage system already has large affordability and coverage gaps, and this waiver will create even more," said Mike Bare of Community Advocates Public Policy Institute.
PrideFest Milwaukee to Feature Smoke-Free Spaces
“The LGBTQ community smokes at roughly twice the rate of the general public due to a variety of factors including bar culture, coping with discrimination, and industry targeting," said Anneke Mohr of the City of MKE Tobacco-Free A
Violence Prevention Plan May Be a Step Backwards
“The committee’s vote today is a slap in the face to the very communities these lawmakers were elected to represent and Rep. Gannon’s callous response demonstrates just how little he understands the issues facing our kids and our communities."
Medicaid Changes Prompt Advocates to Speak Out
Advocates for the elderly, poor and disabled say big spending cuts and other changes proposed on the federal level for the Medicaid program are getting little attention, so they’re speaking out.
Study: Poverty Rate In Wisconsin Reaches 9-Year Low
Julie Kerksick, with the Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee, said the fight against poverty is ongoing, but said the figure is an encouraging trend.
Common Council Calls for Reducing Incarceration
“We really need to start, just structurally, changing how we look at things, how we view things,” said Sharlen Moore, executive director of Urban Underground and a founding member of Youth Justice Milwaukee.
Advocates Pass Along Lessons Learned at Conference on Closing Youth Prisons
“It does help to hear people who are having success. In Milwaukee, we just don’t have the same kind of leadership fighting against youth incarceration that you see here,” Roman said.
Youth Summit Steering Kids Away from Drugs
Survivors of a potentially deadly addiction are delivering some sobering and hopefully live-saving advice to young people about drugs.
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Photos: Drug Free Youth Summit
With heroin overdoses and marijuana use by youth at an all-time high, MCSAP and Neu-Life Development brought together more than 100 youth to provide them with positive messages and activities to educate and inspire them to stay away from drugs.
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Campaign to Close Wisconsin Youth Prison Launches
"We have traumatized our kids by locking them up in these old outdated and obsolete prisons," said Sharlen Moore, executive director of Urban Underground and a founding member of Youth Justice Milwaukee.
At Wisconsin Juvenile Prisons, Children Face a Nightmare of Solitary Confinement and Abuse
At the Lincoln Hills School for Boys (LHS), a juvenile correctional facility in far northern Wisconsin, two entire buildings called the Krueger Unit and the Roosevelt Unit exist solely for the purpose of holding children in solitary confinement for 2
Roman, Moore: Stop Sending Our Kids to Lincoln Hills
When three-quarters of all children sent to youth prisons are back behind bars within three years of release or end up in the adult correctional system, the system is broken.