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Local groups call for justice reform in Wisconsin

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Groups focused on criminal justice reform met in Eau Claire Saturday to discuss what they call Wisconsin's broken prison system.

"Race to Justice" organizers told News 18 one goal of their meeting was to get criminal justice issues on the radar, so candidates running in upcoming elections can address them. They said many issues, such as mass incarceration or, what they call a flawed parole system, are not talked about enough.

A member of Ex-Prisoners Organizing, or EXPO, said Wisconsin is lagging compared to other states.

"In many states, they are reducing prison population, they're maintaining community safety. They are investing in treatment alternatives/diversions," said Jerome Dillard. "Red and blue states alike, and many are closing prisons or have a declining prison population. So, I'm saying we need to look at some solutions in our state because we seem to be immune to any prison reform in our state here."

Dillard also said the "Race to Justice" events seem to be resonating with attendees. He hopes it sticks with them and will lead to reform of Wisconsin's criminal justice system.

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