As of March 3, 2015, the Felmers O. Chaney Advocacy Board (FCAB) is an independent body and is not affiliated with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections or any other governmental body or institution. FCAB is an advocacy board comprised of private citizens guided by a shared concern for social justice, corrections policy, and the successful re-entry of former inmates as they return to their communities. All documents on this site pre-dating March 3, 2015 are historical and in reference to FCAB’s prior incarnation as a Wisconsin Department of Corrections affiliated citizens advisory board. Click on the History tab for a chronology of the evolution of the Board.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

About Us

Purpose, Goals, and Mission. FCAB is dedicated to advocating in behalf of reducing recidivism, enhancing re-integration, and to lowering state budget costs due to incarceration. Additionally, it is dedicated to disseminating to the lay public and to decision-makers pertinent information that can assist in achieving those goals, and it serves as a contact point with the community at large to share information and respond to issues that are brought to the board's attention.

Mission Management. FCAB shall achieve its goals by maintaining a continual awareness of the conditions, needs, and concerns of the broader Milwaukee Metropolitan Community; and by the coordination of its activities, within a framework of collaboration with affiliated and selected other organizations and community groups having a similar purpose. All of FCAB's activities shall be conducted in a manner consistent with, and in compliance with, the purpose, objectives, and limitations as set forth, herein, in the by-laws.

Number. FCAB shall consist of no more than twenty-five (25) voting members, and no less than fifteen (15) voting members.

Eligibility. Any individual who resides within Milwaukee's Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA) is eligible for FCAB voting membership. No individual who is eligible for membership shall be denied membership on the basis of race, gender, income, age, sexual preference, disability, national origin, creed, color, marital status, arrest record, or conviction record.

Qualifications. FCAB members shall have, individually, as basic personal qualifications, intelligence, integrity, competence, good moral character, an interest in correctional issues, and a willingness and availability to serve FCAB, its purpose, objectives, and mission.

Members. FCAB members shall serve as voting members of FCAB; serve on committees as appointed; have ad hoc and other duties that assist FCAB in achieving its objectives; and be expected to attend all FCAB meetings. All FCAB voting members shall serve FCAB in their individual capacities: No voting members serve FCAB in their professional capacities.

The principal officers of the Board shall be a chairman, 1st vice-chairman, 2nd vice-chairman, 1st secretary, 2nd secretary, and treasurer. The Board may have other officers or assistant officers as the Board may from time to time elect. Any two or more of said offices may be held by the same person, except that the offices of chairman, 1st vice-chairman, and 2nd vice-chairman, may not be held by the same person, the offices of chairman, 1st and 2nd secretary, may not be held jointly, and the treasurer may not simultaneously hold the office of chairman.

Associate Members. FCAB associate members shall be non-voting members of FCAB who are expected to assist FCAB from time to time on a pro tempore basis to achieve FCAB's purpose and goals as same are identified herein in Section 2.01. Associate members are eligible to serve on committees as appointed, but are not expected to attend all meetings of the Board. Associate members are expected to be opinion leaders, either lay or professional, such as community advocates, religious leaders, politicians, or others possessing special expertise or organizational affiliations useful to the accomplishment of FCAB's purpose and goals, such as, but not limited to, research social scientists, foundation officials, professional fundraisers, and grant persons. Associate members are not required to reside within Milwaukee’s PMSA. Associate members may be removed from FCAB by a simple majority vote.

Procedure for Appointment. A vacancy resulting from a voting or associate member's death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise, may be filled by FCAB. (A.) The qualifications for FCAB membership of a prospective FCAB voting member shall be presented to FCAB by an existing member of FCAB, following which the prospective member shall appear before FCAB for interviewing purposes by FCAB. Presuming a quorum, acceptance by FCAB shall require a simple majority vote. (B.) The qualifications for FCAB membership of a prospective associate member shall be presented to FCAB by an existing member of FCAB without the requirement of an appearance by the prospective associate member for interviewing purposes. Presuming a quorum, acceptance by FCAB shall require a simple majority vote. (C.) Under exigent circumstances, a candidate for full voting membership, or for associate membership, may be approved by a quorum of affirmative votes.

Meeting Requirements. Regular meetings of FCAB shall be held six (6) times per year, or as needed, with notice of such place and hour as may be fixed from time to time by Board resolution.