State News Roundup, Milwaukee Priest Comes Out As Gay, Dismantling The Prison Pipeline

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When a child is placed in a detention center—like Lincoln Hills School, Copper Lake School or Mendota Mental Health Institute—and fights with a staff person or another child, that child could be charged with an adult felony offense, potentially facing an adult charge that could lead to adult sentencing. We hear from a local judge who is trying to disrupt what he refers to as the prison pipeline. We also talk about the recent news of a Milwaukee Roman Catholic priest coming out as gay and what this may mean for both gay Catholic parishioners and priests. Additionally, we take a look at top state news stories.

Featured in this Show

  • State News Roundup For December 22, 2017

    A news editor joins us to talk about calls from a leader in the legislature for a new prison facility, efforts to investigate those who are looking into the latest in the ongoing John Doe probe, and a proposal in Wood County that would have had a significant impact on the local Amish community.

  • Milwaukee Priest Comes Out As Gay

    A Milwaukee Roman Catholic priest recently made public his sexual orientation and received a standing ovation from his parishioners. We talk with our guest about the reactions within the Church’s hierarchy and what this may mean for both gay Catholic parishioners and gay priests.

  • Dismantling the Prison Pipeline

    Since taking the bench a year ago, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Everett Mitchell has called himself a “people’s judge.” He joins us to say why he’s using compassion and patience in his role to stop what he calls the “prison pipeline.”

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Gretchen Brown Producer
  • Rob Mentzer Guest
  • Fr. James Martin SJ Guest
  • Everett Mitchell Guest