Action Alert from WISDOM: "I Care About People in Prison. Does Governor Evers Care?"

We have a serious crisis - COVID-19.  I am grateful that Governor Evers has shown leadership in guiding our state through the pandemic, recognizing that amid alarming infection rates, overcrowded intensive care units, and rising death tolls, we can't just go about business as usual.  It is sad that the state legislature's leaders have chosen not to even try to help.

At the same time, I am troubled that Governor Evers has not shown the same level of concern for the people who live and work in our state's prisons.  As of October 7, 2,000 people in Wisconsin prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 900 of them are still sick, some of them seriously ill.  The vast majority of those 2,000 are clustered in just 6 of the state's 37 prisons: there is no reason to believe the pattern will not repeat itself in the others if we continue as we are.  More than 450 Corrections staff have also tested positive, and we know they carry the virus into the prisons, their homes, and back out into the surrounding communities.

To date, the Governor has not made a public statement about his concern for the health of prison residents and staff.  And, he has yet to take action to use his power to commute sentences; to relieve overcrowding by releasing the people who are most at risk of COVID-19 and who present the lowest risk to public safety.  Even the mask mandate excluded people in our prisons.

Today, I am asking you to speak truth to power: Make one more call to the Governor's office at 608-266-1212, and/or send an email to

Let the Governor know you appreciate his leadership as he works to keep Wisconsinites safe from COVID-19.  At the same time, let him know you expect him to demonstrate the same level of concern for the people who live and work in our prisons as he has for everyone else. 

Need a free yard sign?  "I Care About People in Prison.  Does Governor Evers Care?"  Let us know if you want one; we'll get it to you. From Rev. Willie Brisco, WISDOM President