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AMOS, Inc.  Advocating, Mobilizing, Organizing in Solidarity. What is AMOS?  AMOS is a an interfaith coalition working for justice in Wisconsin's Seven Rivers Region. It consists of over one dozen La Crosse-area member congregations and local community members. Why do we lock people up?.

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What is AMOS? 

AMOS is a an interfaith coalition working for justice in Wisconsin's Seven Rivers Region. It consists of over one dozen La Crosse-area member congregations and local community members.

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Why do we lock people up?

Society needs to be protected from them 

(they scare us).

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Why do we lock people up?

To punish them, in the hopes that they will 

change their ways.            

Does it work?

Recidivism (return to 

jail or prison) is 80-85%...you decide.

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Who do we lock up?

(Jail population in La Crosse County)

Men- 77%

Women- 23%

White- 81%

Black- 14%

Asian- 3%

Native American- 2%

Virtually all of the women have been physically and/or sexually abused.

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Who do we lock up? 

(Jail population in La Crosse County)

National Statistics:

30% of the men have serious mental illness.

40% of the women have serious mental illness.

The problem is exacerbated in La Crosse because of the 

success of the Justice Sanctions programs.

  • All of them are less likely to be:
    •  properly diagnosed
    • able to obtain appropriate treatment
    • able to keep to the recommended treatment (medication and other treatments) if they obtain them.
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Over 9,000,000

imprisoned world-wide

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1,315,291 in state prisons.

780,581 in local jails.

23,179 Federal inmates in 

privately operated facilities (12/07)

2,163 in jails in Indian country

9,720 in immigration facilities

1,794 in military facilities

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22,226 adults were imprisoned in 35 

Wisconsin State Prisons on March 20, 2009

539 juveniles were imprisoned in 5 Wisconsin State Juvenile facilities on March 20, 2009

16,678 were imprisoned in 70 county jails in 2007

1,196 were imprisoned in one federal facility

TOTAL: 40,639

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So...

What can we do about it?

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Building 

Compassionate Community

Repairing the fabric of our community, one person at a time.

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Mission

  • Reintegrate into the community 
  • Offer a path toward health and stability
  • Foster transformative relationships 
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What Works?

    • Education & Vocational 
  •       Programs
    • Mental Health & AODA 
  •      Treatment
    • Cognitive-Behavioral 
  •       Treatment for Criminal 
  •       Thinking (e.g. "Thinking for a
  •       Change" program)
    • Healthy Social Support
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Volunteer Commitments

  • 8-hour Training : roles & goals, challenges & solutions, listening skills, empowering communication, ethics and confidentiality, safety and support, community resources
  • 6 months weekly 1-hour meetings in small groups of 5-6 (including core member) with option to continue if desired
  •  Yearly continuing training
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Support, Resources & Opportunities

  • Individual and Group Support from Coordinator
  • Monthly Leadership Team Meetings
  • Quarterly Potlucks with All Circles
  • Help Shape Our Evolution!
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Get Involved!

  • Become a Volunteer
  • Refer volunteers or core members
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Thank you!

Contact Circles of Support Coordinator: 

(608) 386-2139

circles.info@gmail.com

www.circlesosupport.blogspot.com