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The Larry O’Brien Trophy has made its rounds throughout the state since the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship last year. On Tuesday it was the turn of Bucks fans who are behind bars at the Milwaukee County House of Correction to take a picture with the trophy.

“One of our goals, when we won that trophy, was how do we get that into the hands of and the ability for every one of the six million citizens in the state of Wisconsin to touch, take a picture with, feel. And this is just one of those ways to get it into those that are incarcerated,” Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin said at the facility Tuesday.

Feigin said that events like Tuesday’s go toward the team’s mission to bring more attention to social justice and voting. Many of the inmates at the House of Correction don’t lose their right to vote once incarcerated, because they were convicted of misdemeanors.

The Bucks partnered with Milwaukee County, Dream Corps and the ACLU to accomplish Tuesday’s event.

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley was on hand and said “the importance of today is really just talking to the residents within the Milwaukee County House of Corrections about the importance of voting … we still think and care about them.” Crowley went one by one to each inmate at the event and greeted them.

Dream Corps and the ACLU gave a presentation to the inmates on voting, where they stressed the importance of voting in some of the smaller races, not just the presidential election. Sean Wilson with Dream Corps reminded the inmates that many of the judges that have a direct impact on their lives are elected by citizens.

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Milwaukee County County Executive David Crowley speaks to incarcerated individuals at the Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Milwaukee County County Executive David Crowley, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin joined the Milwaukee Bucks for a conversation on the importance of voting and discussed the eligibility for current and formerly incarcerated individuals to vote.Milwaukee County County Executive David Crowley speaks to incarcerated individuals at the Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Milwaukee County County Executive David Crowley, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin joined the Milwaukee Bucks for a conversation on the importance of voting and discussed the eligibility for current and formerly incarcerated individuals to vote.

Milwaukee County County Executive David Crowley speaks to incarcerated individuals at the Milwaukee County House of Correction in Franklin on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Milwaukee County County Executive David Crowley, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin joined the Milwaukee Bucks for a conversation on the importance of voting and discussed the eligibility for current and formerly incarcerated individuals to vote.

“Last time I voted, I voted for Obama. I learned today that my vote counts and it matters,” said inmate Jonathan Davis-Sayles, 31. “I didn’t take the time to look at the different judges, mayors, senators and stuff.”

“I’m important because I thought being in this situation that I wasn’t important. Now that I know that I am important, that changed my whole perspective of how I’m going to continue my life when I get out of this situation,” Davis-Sayles added.

“I learned how to become a better individual and vote for my rights, my vote counts,” said Andre Walker, 25. “We need better people to vote for, we need better people in our lives and better government officials.”

“I think it was very powerful for me to learn who to vote in, who to vote out. It is impacting our cities, not only impacting our cities, but impacting my life at the same time,” said Freddy Carter, 49.

Many of the inmates grew up in the Milwaukee area and as Bucks fans were in awe of the trophy. “Man, you see me get my picture up there, you see me get up there?” Davis-Sayles said to Walker after taking a picture with the trophy.

“I’ve been waiting on this for years, I’m a Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Badger, cheesehead, that’s me,” said Samuel Roberts Jr., 53. Roberts said he’d never imagine that for someone like him who’s “been on paper for 35 years,” would have a chance to touch the trophy.

Feigin was happy to see the men enjoy themselves. “This is a step in the journey. We’ve been working with the County, we’ve been working with the corrections department, state of Wisconsin, County of Milwaukee for over five or six years. It’s part of our social justice/voting initiative/awareness in the community initiative,” he said.

Now, most of the men just want a message sent to the Bucks players, that the team can win the championship again with a little hard work and they’ll be rooting for them as the NBA playoffs approach.

“It was Bucks in Six last year, I think they win it again this year,” said Carter.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Larry O’Brien Trophy makes a stop at the Milwaukee House of Correction

Source: Yahoo Sports

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