Jamal S. Jackson is caught in the revolving door of jail, release, and recidivism that nearly HALF of the young Black male population of Dane County find themselves every day. A recent report from the Dane County Task force on Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System found that:
47% of Black males between the ages of 25-29 in under supervision of Dane County Department of Corrections.
Black men are 25 times more likely than Whites to go to jail in Dane County for drug related offenses – the HIGHEST rate of racial disparity in the nation – and 100 times more likely for minor offenses – the 2nd highest in the nation.
Black men are also 40 times more likely than Whites to have their parole or probation revoked.
These trends HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RACIAL DIFFERENCES IN CRIME RATES, but rather “are often due to policy decisions about where to concentrate police resources.”*
Jamal has been charged with theft and failing to appear in court. He has been given 3 years probation which does not allow him to leave the state. Jamal’s mother, Daphne Jackson, an activist with Chicago’s Campaign to End the Death Penalty, has been petitioning the State of Wisconsin to transfer his probation to Chicago where he will have a base of support – family, a place to live, and a job.
Due to the well-documented* racial disparities in the Dane County Criminal Justice System, it is apparent that if Jamal were White, the odds are he would be home already.
Therefore, we, the undersigned, ask that Parole Officer Josh Wichmann initiate a transfer of Jamal S. Jackson’s parole to the State of Illinois.
* Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System, 2009
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