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Incarceration after COVID: how the pandemic could permanently change jails and prisons

By Robert Chappell, Madison365 and Shereen Siewert, Wausau Pilot & Review Even before COVID-19 began to snake through Wisconsin’s jails and prisons, Chad Billeb saw a storm coming. As chief deputy for the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department, Billeb was already studying ways to reduce the number of inmates in the jail, a challenge that county […]

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‘He shouldn’t have had to die’: COVID-19 infects half of Wisconsin inmates, five times the overall state rate

By Vanessa SwalesWisconsin Watch Calvin Johnson spent his final weeks at Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution wracked in pandemic anxiety, a former cellmate recalled. He closely tracked COVID-19’s spread in and outside of the medium-security state prison — eyeing daily infection counts in surrounding Crawford County and across Wisconsin. Johnson, who grew up in Milwaukee and […]