What's New From WPRI
Videos of "Unlocking Potential" event
On Feb. 14, 2017, WPRI hosted a forum titled "Unlocking Potential" that drew more than 100 participants representing law enforcement, the judiciary, the Legislature, business, community groups and faith leaders. The event at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee featured Hope for Prisoners founder and CEO Jon Ponder, Woodson Center President Bob Woodson, representatives of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
The discussion focused on how ex-inmates, with help from one of their own and the same cops who once pursued them, can find a way back to their families and jobs. A key component of the program — law enforcement officers acting as mentors to ex-inmates — is starting to gain national attention as a way to help bridge the chasm between communities and police, both of which benefit from closer connections.
► Watch full video of the event here.
► Watch Jon Ponder's presentation here.
► Watch Bob Woodson's presentation here.
► Watch LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Todd Fasulo's presentation here.
► Watch retired LVMPD Lt. Chris Petko's presentation here.
► Watch Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch's presentation here.
► Watch the Q&A session here.
► Read WPRI's "Unlocking Potential" report, which includes an in-depth profile of Hope for Prisoners, here.
The federalization of Wisconsin DPI
WPRI President Mike Nichols and Dan Benson, editor of WPRI's Project for 21st Century Federalism, gave a presentation on Jan. 24, 2017, to the Assembly Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations in Madison. Read a transcript of their presentation.
► Story on the federalization of state Department of Public Instruction.
► Story on the bureaucratic 'skim' of federal school funding.
► Press release on the project.
WPRI Special Report highlights strategy for reducing recidivism through investment in work, training and re-entry programs, and encourages the use of social impact bonds.
► Wisconsin's historical policy dilemma on corrections
► The state can't afford status quo
► Re-entry program offers Hope for Prisoners
► Alma Center: Breaking the cycle of abuse
► MATC program puts offenders on career path
► Private industry, prisons team up
► Skilled trades program offers a second chance
► Social impact bonds: A new way forward
► Watch Mike Nichols on "UpFront with Mike Gousha" discussing the need for corrections reform.
Wisconsin Interest - Fall 2016
► The racist roots of UW progressives
► MPS turnaround plan was doomed from the start
► New federal housing rule is 'social engineering'
► Rebecca Bradley is out to prove voters got it right
► Time for toll roads in Wisconsin?
► Beyond the riots: What Milwaukee can do
► Ex-inmates need more than shoestrings
How to Recreate the Outstate University and Finally Give Students Their Money's Worth
What would an entirely new public university, created virtually from scratch, with none of the established strictures in place, look like?
By Ike Brannon and Philip Coyle
Read WPRI's press release issued on September, 29, 2016, regarding this report.
Putting the Squeeze on Consumers:
Real-World Impacts of Wisconsin's
Minimum Markup Law
► WPRI takes an in-depth look at how Wisconsin's Depression-era minimum markup law affects consumers and businesses every day.
► Mike Nichols discusses the law on Radio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes." Listen to it here.
► Nichols op-ed: Minimum markup isn't the American way