Chad Wilson


Chad S.A. Wilson was born on Milwaukee’s North Side. He spent 10 years in the criminal justice system for non-violent charges and revocations. Because of this, he has an in-depth knowledge of the prison system culture and remains attached to the system by supporting friends and family still serving time. As a former drug dealer, his story displays the difficulties involved in transitioning living styles, with life-long barriers in place due to attaining his first felony at the age of 18.

Today, Chad is a Reentry Guide for the Alma Center and team member of the Alma Brothers, a transformative healing community for men returning home from incarceration. Chad builds a mentoring relationship with men in state institutions through weekly peer-to-peer connection during their final year of confinement and walks with them upon release to support their healthy, productive and successful return home. 

Chad is also a subject in the award-winning documentary “Milwaukee 53206: A Community serves Time,” which is can currently be viewed on the PBS/WORLD channel.  Visit for more info.

Listen to a United Way podcast interview with Chad on incarceration and fatherhood.

Chad loves playing basketball with his children and working toward making Milwaukee a better place. Chad runs his own website where you can find information on mass incarceration, current social issues, and his socially conscious t-shirt/hoodie collection.

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