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    But why is our incarceration level so high in specific terms? Are Milwaukee cops arresting people for things that don't get you arrested in Newark? Are we incarcerating people for jaywalking or loitering here? It can't be that.

    Maybe it's a case of prosecutors asking for prison time for every crime. Maybe if a guy gets into to bar fight in Newark, everyone gets charged with battery and gets a fine and probation, whereas here everyone goes to jail.

    The only rationale I can come up with is that somehow we're culturally different from other cities. Milwaukee has a very German ethic which is perhaps less tolerant of disorder and day to day mayhem than other places. I don't believe we're more racist than other cities, although obviously there's racism everywhere in the US. Maybe our approach needs to be more kid glove and less iron fist, but I'm not sure how we accomplish that short of rewriting state statutes, which is somewhat unlikely given who's in charge in Madison at present.

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:21:22 AM PDT

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