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Church coalition extends calls for prison reform

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A coalition of church congregations is launching a second phase in its campaign calling for reforms within the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

WISDOM is an umbrella organization of congregations from around Wisconsin. Its members want reforms that include providing more services to inmates whether they're behind bars or out on parole.

About 100 people rallied Wednesday in front of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. They alleged that GPS monitoring has resulted in false alerts due to low batteries or weak signals, and they say people who violate rules while on extended supervision get re-imprisoned when there are less heavy-handed forms of discipline.

The Rev. Willie Brisco is WISDOM's vice president. He says the coalition is speaking up now because it doesn't want the issues to fester and then suddenly explode into civil unrest as happened in Ferguson, Missouri.

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