Activists are urging the Wisconsin Department of Corrections to be transparent when inmates die inside its prisons.
An open session of the legislative committee on inmate and youth deaths was held Thursday. The activists want accountability from the department and a more-effective oversight to head off preventable inmate deaths. They say two prisoners have died behind bars in Wisconsin in the last two-and-a-half months. The Prison Forum is trying to build support for legislation rejuvenating what the group calls the state's "failed corrections system."