For twenty years MUM has been a local leader in challenging our criminal justice system. Through the work of our Justice Issues Task Force we challenged the morality and humanity of the Super Max Prison in Boscobel. We worked to oppose the Advisory Referendum to reinstate the Death Penalty in Wisconsin.
In 2007 MUM successfully led the effort in Dane County to fundamentally change how our jail services are bid out. Because of that effort, Dane County is now, by ordinance, prohibited from bidding out jail services contracts based on kickbacks to the County on those contracts. We are the only Wisconsin county to have passed such protections.
MUM was instrumental in pushing for changes to state policy so that inmates being released from prison are released with a valid State ID. The move eliminates one barrier to re-entry, making it easier for individuals to open a bank account, apply for a job, and cash checks.