Wisconsin prison issues, PFAS mitigation

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Waupun Correctional Institute
Waupun Correctional Institute in Waupun, Wis. Lauren Fuhrmann/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

We learn more about ongoing issues in Wisconsin prisons with lockdowns and staffing. Then, a pair of journalists join us to discuss the latest PFAS proposals in Wisconsin, including an effort to ship firefighting foam to Alabama.

Featured in this Show

  • Inside the months-long 'lockdowns' in Wisconsin prisons

    Several Wisconsin prisons and jails have been in ‘lockdown’ for as long as seven months, and incarcerated people and their families have reported inhumane, unsanitary and unsafe conditions including extended isolation and withheld medical care. We talk to a reporter about the causes of the lockdowns in the Waupun and Green Bay Correctional Institutions. Then, we talk to a criminal justice reform advocate about how lockdown conditions are affecting incarcerated people.

  • Why Wisconsin is sending PFAS firefighting foam to Alabama

    We get the story from a pair of investigative reporters who looked into the hazardous waste collection area in Alabama where Wisconsin is sending PFAS-containing firefighting foam, after a statewide cleanup effort.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Mario Koran Guest
  • Melissa Ludin Guest
  • Bennet Goldstein Guest
  • Sarah Whites-Koditschek Guest