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Milwaukee 53206

Join the Urban Institute at Howard University for a special screening of Milwaukee 53206, a documentary about the zip code that incarcerates the highest percentage of black men in America. The film explores the impact of long prison terms, the challenges of reentering the community and securing a job following incarceration, and the relationships families have with their incarcerated loved ones, all in a single zip code where 62 percent of black men are serving time. Following the screening, join us for an interactive discussion on the issues and themes presented in the film and how mass incarceration affects our DC community. 


  • Nancy La Vigne, Director, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Harold Dean “Doc” Trulear, Associate Professor of Applied Theology, Howard University School of Divinity; Director, Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Prisoner Reentry Project
  • Gustavo Velasquez, Director, Washington-Area Research Initiative, Urban Institute
  • Beverly Walker, featured in Milwaukee 53206, partner to Baron Walker, who is serving a 60-year sentence

About the film

Milwaukee 53206 chronicles lives in the zip code that incarcerates the highest percentage of black men in America. Through the intimate stories of three 53206 residents, we witness the high toll that excessive jail sentencing takes on individuals and families. The film illuminates the story of people from across the United States who live with the daily effects of unjust and long jail sentences.

Spotlighting current debates through art

The Urban Institute hosts engaging conversations with of-the-moment artists and authors through film screenings, book releases, and other events that connect policy decisions to communities and bring evidence to life. 


For inquiries regarding this event, please contact [email protected].

Photo courtesy of Transform Films Inc. Photo by Noel Spirandelli.



Date & Time Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Howard University Sixth Street & Howard Place NW
Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel
Washington , DC , 20059
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  • Senior Director, Urban–Greater DC