Inmate 501 with Representative Evan Goyke and Guests

Event Dates: 
01/21/18
Sunday, January 21st at 3 PM - 5 PM
Milwaukee Turners at Turner Hall
1034 N 4th St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 5320
 
CLOSING LINCOLN HILLS: the Bare Beginning!
Inmate #501 Presentation and Panel Discussion
With Representative Evan Goyke and Guests
 
Free and open to the public
Location: The Palm Garden of Turner Restaurant, 1038 N. 4th St.
 
Milwaukee Turners is continuing its Confronting Mass Incarceration Conversations by inviting Rep. Evan Goyke to present his INMATE #501 power point that proposed – and was recently adopted by Gov. Walker – to close troubled juvenile institutions at Lincoln Hills, repurpose it as a badly needed adult treatment center and open 5 smaller, local institutions for the juveniles, already successfully done by other jurisdictions.
 
But there is so much more that must be done!
 
Wisconsin spends more on its prison system than on higher education. Consensus is growing that Wisconsin prison population should be halved by 2030. This would impact families, crime, poverty, economic growth and civic fairness. It would require approaches from many different angles and organizations and significant input from those who really know: the formerly incarcerated.
 
Hear formerly incarcerated college educated panelists, James Cross, Daniel Monge and Minister William E. Harrell, react to the Goyke proposals, discuss the issues and needs of the present system and how it must be changed to achieve what society really sensibly needs it to do: that once out, formerly incarcerated people become self-sufficient and don’t return. 
 
Panelist Bios: 
 
Representative Evan Goyke is a graduate of St. John's University in Minnesota with a degree in Political Science. In 2009 Rep. Goyke graduated from Marquette University Law School. Following graduation Rep. Goyke practiced law in Milwaukee as a trial attorney in the Office of the Wisconsin State Public Defender and worked as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette. In 2012 Rep. Goyke was elected to represent the 18th District in the State Assembly. The 18th District includes Sherman Park, Washington Heights, Near West Side, and other great Milwaukee neighborhoods. 
 
William W. Harrell is board treasurer and property manager of
Table of the Saints’ family house. The house is a Sober living reentry facility that was a goal in 2012; it became a reality in 2015. Table of the Saints is a interfaith outreach organization that helps formerly incarcerated people overcome addiction and become contributing citizens. Harrell started drinking and doing drugs during college at age 18; he later became addicted to crack cocaine and lost his job. He then worked as a “keeper of a drug house” and was arrested, convicted and sent to a prison in Wisconsin, then transferred to one in Oklahoma. This prison offered a rehab program, Applied Basic Life Principles (ABLP), which used the Bible as a textbook. He took a mail-in course to become a licensed minister and became a founding member of the Table of the Saints. 
 
James Cross has worked hard to make positive change in his life and is proud of the fact that he has not had contact with law enforcement and the judicial system since 2007, when he was released after 9 years of incarceration, which began when he was 14. He is one semester away from earning his degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In February he will join the staff of the Alma Center as a Peer Guide who will offer pre- and post-release reentry services to help others who are in similar situations to those he experienced at a young age. 
 
Daniel Monge did not let his intermittent encounters with the criminal justice system – which resulted in him being incarcerated on and off for about five years – get in the way of achieving his goal of attaining an education. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with double majors in Math and Physics, then went on get a Master of Science degree in Physics from Indiana University. He will become a Peer Guide at the Alma Center in February and will work with incarcerated men a year to release and then assist them when they return to ensure successful transitions.