NextGen believes its multi-million dollar effort helped increase turnout among voters ages 18-35, but experts say that cannot be tied to one group or strategy.
Author Archives: Emily Hamer
Emily Hamer is a recent graduate of UW–Madison with degrees in journalism and philosophy. She has formerly worked as an intern for University Communications and WisPolitics, and as an editor at The Badger Herald newspaper.
Civic education makes ‘a powerful difference’ in creating young voters
Wisconsin is one of the few states that does not require high school students to take a civics course, but studies show that can lead to more political engagement.
Controversial algorithms help decide who stays in jail before trial
Some Wisconsin counties use risk assessment tools to predict who will skip out on court or commit new crimes; critics say there are better ways to cut incarceration.
Debate rages over whether pretrial risk assessments are racially biased
Some researchers say there is not enough evidence to know whether pretrial risk assessment tools will reduce or exacerbate discrimination that already exists in the justice system.
Q & A: Risk assessments explained
Questions and answers about pretrial risk assessments and their role in the criminal justice system.
Poor stay in jail while rich go free: Rethinking cash bail in Wisconsin
Across the country, poor defendants can spend days, weeks — even years — behind bars awaiting trial, an approach that judges increasingly find is unconstitutional.
Nonprofit bail funds help poor gain freedom nationally and in Wisconsin
Nonprofits fill in the gap for defendants who cannot afford to bail themselves out of jail before their trials
Beyond Bail: Key terms explained
A glossary of terms used in the Center’s Beyond Bail series.
Photo Essay: Tony Evers sworn in as 46th governor of Wisconsin
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers was sworn into office Monday afternoon as Wisconsin’s 46th governor. See photos from the event by Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism photojournalists Coburn Dukehart and Emily Hamer.
Concussion concerns prompt more Badgers players to leave football
University of Wisconsin’s Austin Ramesh, Walker Williams and Jake Whalen quit football after brain injuries; ‘I’m gonna have CTE — I just know it,’ Williams says.
Photo essay: Wisconsin’s frenetic lame duck session
The Legislature held an extraordinary session to push through a series of fast-tracked bills before Gov. Scott Walker leaves office.
‘The mission precedes everything’: New York Times board chairman on Trump, Weinstein and the changing media landscape
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism hosted an event for friends and supporters of the Center featuring special guest Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman of the board of The New York Times Company.