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Church coalition launches prison reform campaign

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 MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A coalition of church congregations has launched a four-month campaign to demand reforms within the state Department of Corrections.
   WISDOM, an umbrella organization of congregations from around Wisconsin, kicked off its Reform Now campaign Wednesday with a news conference at the state Capitol.
   The group's leaders say the Corrections Department is failing to parole inmates the group feels deserve to be released. The group cited data from the state Legislative Fiscal Bureau that shows nearly 3,000 prisoners are eligible for parole because they were incarcerated before Wisconsin's truth-in-sentencing law went into effect. Keeping them locked up costs $96 million per year, according to the data.
   WISDOM plans to hold monthly news conferences through October to draw attention to prison overcrowding, solitary confinement and aging inmates who haven't been released.

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