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Rylee Jenich, left, speaks as Shyelle Smith holds a Black Lives Matter flag outside the Wisconsin State Capitol at a rally held by prison abolition group AbolishMKE before a Joint Finance Committee meeting to discuss the Department of Corrections budget on June 10. Jenich moved to Madison last year after serving a seven-year prison sentence.

Jenich said their incarceration was primarily the result of drug addiction, which they say is not properly handled by the criminal justice system.

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