By Hilary Dickinson
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Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:37 AM CDT

When faced with building new jails in tough economic times, counties across Wisconsin want to look at Rock County’s alternative jail inmate programs.

Earlier this week, Sheriff Robert Spoden traveled to Milwaukee where he addressed the Wisconsin Counties Association on alternative programs such as the use of electronic monitoring. Last week, Spoden also discussed the successes of these programs with 20 Milwaukee County officials from the Sheriff’s Office and the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Committee at the request of State Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee.

Published in Prison Legal News

Aug. 9, 2010

by David Tenenbaum

Wisconsin - It comes as no surprise that many children suffer when a parent is behind bars. But as rates of incarceration grew over the past 30 years, researchers were slow to focus on the collateral damage to children.

The best estimate says that at any one time, 1.7 million (about 2.3 percent) of all American children have a parent in prison, says Julie Poehlmann, a professor in the School of Human Ecology and investigator at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Published in Family Support