Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Friday, April 24, 2015, Marquette Law School

The situation of low-wage/low-income urban men has not been widely documented or discussed. What we know, or believe we know, is that they are predominantly racial minorities; their incarceration rate is high; they have low levels of education and skills; they face a worsened low-skill labor market; they are largely single; many are under court  mandates for child support; many have child support arrears; many work largely off-the-books.

The La Follette School's half-day spring symposium will give an overview of the problem for the United States, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee. Particular focus will be on incarceration, child support and labor markets, with next steps outlined by a national expert on demonstration projects that have produced measurable and replicable results.