Mark Rice is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who is examining the emergence and evolution of efforts to end mass imprisonment in Wisconsin. He chairs the Post-Release Issues Workgroup of WISDOM, an organization that links communities across Wisconsin to work for justice. Mark works as a statewide organizer for EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing), a group of formerly incarcerated people who drive WISDOM’s ROC (Restoring Our Communities) Wisconsin Campaign to end mass incarceration. Additionally, he serves as a board member for Project RETURN, an agency in Milwaukee that helps people leaving prison make a positive and permanent return to the community.
In 2016, Mark received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Gwen Moore for his outstanding and committed work to end mass incarceration.
Mark has contributed his expertise on issues including ban the box, rights restoration, and crimeless revocations to numerous news outlets including Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Radio, the Daily Beast, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Milwaukee Courier, Equal Voice News, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NBC 26, the Daily Kos, Truthout, the Devil’s Advocates Show, and Riverwest Radio.