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MILWAUKEE 53206 is a one-hour documentary that chronicles the lives of those affected by incarceration in America's most incarcerated zip code. Through the intimate stories of three 53206 residents, we witness the high toll mass incarceration takes on individuals and families that make up the community. The film not only examines Milwaukee's zip code 53206, but also illuminates the story of people from across the United States who live with the daily effects of mass incarceration.

Mass Incarceration in the United States

Both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population, the United States has the most prisoners of any developed country in the world. For a great many poor people in America, particularly poor black men, prison is a destination that braids through an ordinary life, much as high school and college do for the affluent. With more than six million people under “correctional supervision”, a combined prison population would make for the second largest city in America.1 Look even closer and find that the rate of incarceration is not just isolated to prison populations, but entire communities and family systems. Milwaukee’s poorest zip code, 53206, sits as the most incarcerated zip code in the nation, with 62% of adult males having spent time in a state correctional facility.2


  1. Flatlow, Nicole The United States Has The Largest Prison Population In The World — And It’s Growing, Web. 14 Sept. 2014
  2. Quinn, Lois M. New Indicators of Neighborhood Need in zip code 53206 , Web. 2007
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Milwaukee's poorest zip code 53206 is the most incarcerated zip code in the nation, where 62% of adult males have spent time in a correctional facility.