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This blog was dormant for a long time. The last 20 or so postings still need updating but we are back and hope you will heed these pleas and send a card or letter. Feel free to email or call with any questions and we do offer forwarding service, (where you use my address as your return Address)if you do no want to give out your address. To find out current whereabouts of a prisoner, follow this link:

contact:Peg Swan 608-536-3993 or

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Robert Ward


 Robert Ward 515599 CCI, 25 y.o.

To All That Will Listen,

This is for people to understand fully what life is like on the inside of the Wisconsin prison system. I would like to let you know that the system in Wisconsin is made to mentally break you down. They really don’t beat you down to get your compliance, but they sure do mentally beat you. But yes, there are a few cases that staff do beat inmates, and I have seen 2 or 3 of them first hand. I just want change. I am going home soon but I met some great people that just made some bad decisions that do not deserve this brutal treatment and to be very honest, some of the smartest and strongest have broke at the hands of these people.

            And all these people do is sit back and laugh. They say they are underpaid and that we are dangerous, but really all staff do is instigate everything they can. Giving people 150 days in the hole for not celling up with a homosexual. Really is that necessary? We all know that answer. There has been a lot of studies on the way long term segregation is very harmful to a person’s mental health. Even the U.N. has announced that more than 15 days in segregation is torture. So that goes to show you what the DOC is doing is very wrong. I want people to know what their tax money is going to. The DOC is creating more monsters. They are breeding mentally unstable people and letting them into the outside world.

            Department of Corrections. What “Corrections” is happening really? Basically none. Rec for segregation inmates is very irregular. Most of the time 2 hours a week. “if lucky.” We don’t get very much law library. Clean our cells 1 time a week. There are a lot of people on the floor. They do not have enough bunks. A lot of the cells are single cells, but they have people on the floor of the single cell.

            Staff talk down on us all the time. And if someone reacts, that person gets treated worse. People’s mental health is a joke to them. There are staff that do not agree with the mistreatment, but they can not speak out because that will be their job. Staff do not go against staff. New staff are training new staff. Very dangerous. It’s like you lose your right to be a man, when you come to prison. But what happens to a caged dog that always gets messed with and antagonized? Most of the time they become very mean, and when they are released, they snap and most of the time you have to lay them down. Then they blame it on  the dog. How sick and wrong is that? Every man has a breaking point. And this is mine. It’s time to let this torture be let out. Loud and Proud. “We are Men, and We Deserve to be treated as one. “ I came to prison because I did something wrong. I want to become better, but the system is designed to have you have a rough time and eventually come back. Every person that comes through these doors means money to them. But if you knew that your money was going to building killers and “crazy people” would you let that keep happening? I hope not. All it takes is one bad judgment call to end up exactly where I am right now. We are human and not perfect. I have seen people “lose it.” Eat their own bowl movements, cut them selves, wipe blood and other bodily fluids all over themselves. I have seen staff walk away from people who ask for help and they laugh while the inmate hurts himself. One person that I really respected told a CO that his chest hurt, the CO said drink some water and lay down. The man died that night. The man was no older than 50 years old. That was the last straw for me. Things need to change. People need to be aware of the disregard to human life the Wisconsin DOC has.

            I am a 25 year old white male. I surround myself with all different races. And black men, for the most part, are treated far worse. And anyone who associate themselves with the Black men are treated as such.  It’s like they’re scared of them, and they try to keep them down, so they feel more safe.

            I do not wish this treatment on ANYONE! This could be you or someone that is close to you. Please stand up and help fight for change. All Lives Matter!


Robert Jay Ward #515599;Columbia Correctional Institution; PO Box 900;Portage, WI, 53901

Friday, September 9, 2016

Hunger strikers need a hello

Lots of folks needing letter and card coming- here are names of present hunger strikers.
for more information about hunger strike, go to

Please consider writing letters to these prisoners who have been engaged in direct action and food refusals against the WI DOC solitary confinement and control unit practices.

Dying to Live Hunger Strike
1)Currently on strike and have been since 6/7. Being force fed regularly:
LaRon McKinley 42642
Cesar DeLeon 322800 
Waupun CI P.O Box 351 Waupun WI 53963-0351

Was on strike starting in June, came off due to force feeding: 
Joshua Scolman 422508
Waupun CI P.O Box 351 Waupun WI 53963-0351

Uhuru Mutawakkil
(state name N. Green) 228971 
Columbia CI P. O. Box 900 Portage WI 53901-0909

2)Unclear whether on strike or not at this time but all are in solitary and need encouragement:
Shirrell Watkins 359661 
Columbia CI P. O. Box 900 Portage WI 53901-0909 
Lamar Larry 293906
Green Bay CI P. O. Box 19033 Green Bay WI 54307-9033
Both were on the strike in Waupun, but lost contact when they transferred out.
Joshua Berrios 577319 
Jordan Cosby 501015 
Waupun CI P.O Box 351 Waupun WI 53963-0351

Cosby sent a letter saying that he, Joshua and possibly half a dozen others were joining the hunger strike, but we haven't gotten confirmation.

July 13 mental health unit hunger strike at GBCI (see this post:

Currently on hunger strike
Devon Armour 5998093
Howard Brown IV 568093

Came off in first days after retaliation
Leonte Porter 597623
Kyle Young 563594 
Green Bay CI P. O. Box 19033 Green Bay WI 54307-9033

Dozens more in Columbia?
Robert Ward 515599
Columbia CI P. O. Box 900 Portage WI 53901-0909 

Ward sent a letter describing conditions in Columbia Correctional and stating that dozens of prisoners are on hunger strike there. A nurse said there were so many being force fed that they were unable to treat other patients. We don't have any other names at this time, or knowledge of their demands, if they're different from the Dying to Live demands.

Charles Downing

Charles Downing 0099670, 
NLCI, PO Box 400; New Lisbon, WI 53950



August 11, 2016

White, divorced father of one, 55, 6’2” and 280 pounds. I have receeding brown and gray hair and blue eyes. I’ve been confined since 1991 due to three separate cases and will be eligible for parole when I’m 219 years of age( which will change if I can get the case I am innocent of overturned) My sense of humor is my coping tool that  graces me with a personality that draws other prisoners toward me.

For several years I have written short stories, many poems and a couple of tunes. My last poem was in 2007.

It has been a long , dark and lonely walk these past 25-plus years and I’m hoping people would like to be penpals, assist me in my legal struggle to prove my innocence, do searches for me on the internet, public files and open records requests

Please no stickers on the envelope or writing paper and no perfumed letters> The mailroom rejects

 these letters.

Yours, Charles Downing













Sunday, August 28, 2016

Glenn Kirvan

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Glenn Kirvan 325119
CCI,PO Box 900
Portage,WI 53901

Monday, August 15, 2016

Zachary Krivitz

(Scroll down to read latest submissions 8 30 16 at end.)
Zachary Krivitz  485677 

RCI,PO Box 900

Sturtevant, WI 53177


  My names is Zachary. I am currently 27 years old, residing in a corrupt and unjust Wisconsin prison System. Allow me to explain:

    I, as many others, have experienced the wrath of solitary confinement . We all are already being punished for our crimes, then become trapped inside prison’s general population, only to be REALLY ”hit over the head” with 23 hour in an 8 by 10 cell. One, two, even three days max is understandable. The whole Wisconsin prison system believes correcting out behavior ( at times justifiable) is to give us 6 months-one year solitary confinement. They understand what that does to the mind of someone. It enables our anger and bitterness which causes us to rebel against them. Why do right by an organization that will break us down to pieces? They put us in the room, forget about us, treat us like we’re animals, NOT HUMANS. Then we stand up for what’s ours(property, phone calls, hygiene etc) and we get more time in the hole because they claim we don’t deserve it, because we’re being punish, not awarded.

Simply put, Wisconsin Correctional officers, sergeants, captains, the whole administration, have NO REGARDS for prisoners’ rights.

They Continue to walk over prisoners because no one speaks up.

Briefly about me:

     I come from a household of many privileges if I was behaved. Whether I was money, gifts, late nights, whatever the case, My youth was normal up until I experienced the Wisconsin DOC and began to rebel.  Then my family was gone. I continue to blame the DOC. After that, I felt that no one was there to help me, as the WI DOC continues to beat me down. I try to be cool, calm, and continue as possible, then selfish people take it for granted and it makes me angry. I was once socially inclined, then so much time in seg created a monster ( to say the least).

      i’m not gonna say I’m an angel at the same time I will say that people, like myself, do not deserve to sit long periods of time in confinement. A quick example: Recently the administration claimed I was as serious disruption to the institution for a minor infraction (possession of  contraband).Then why was I left in general population for three weeks(4-8-16 to 4 28 16)until I was given 90 days in solitary confinement. I smashed my head on the window, split it open, all because they have no answers for their mischief. That is what happens. We begin act out in ways we never thought possible. It is very sad that we are powerless in any circumstance. I’ve thought maybe suicide as a way out of pain and suffering but I’d rather stand here and fight against the idiotic, corrupt people than let them defeat me.

When no one has family support from the outside, I do begin to feel abandoned. i do try my hardest to keep my posture in hopes for better days. The harder I try the more resistance I feel from others. It makes me feel my soul has been kidnapped and taken to the dark side. More inmates will become victimized unless we and come together and fight for what’s ours.

8/30 16

Zachary Krivitz 485677; RCI, PO box 900,Racine, WI


Dear readers,

I am writing about a recent situation I’ve been in, nonetheless one that also relates  to my fellow inmates and brings light to the immature, ignorant, and unprofessional administration in DOC.

I am an inmate at Racine Correctional Institution awaiting transfer to any max except WSPF. I am an MH-1 with borderline personality disorder, cognitive disorder amongst several others. I was sent to the hole  off allegations, and became a target since I’ve been in segregation- Completely being harassed by certain staff members.

PRC staffed me max off 1 major ticket: Possession of contraband, destroying state property. With me continuing to see PSU staff for counseling I have built a solid trust with them all. Showing me nothing but compassion, and understanding, the administration here knows that, sees that, and never acknowledged it in my PRC paperwork. PSU continues to try to get the administration to understand that inmates do have loss of control in behavior due to mental health disorders. Had they had this understanding , I believe it would lift a burden on inmates’  mental health in solitary confinement. But as we all know, the administration doesn’t care.  We need to get the senate to approve a new bill.

Sincerely ,Zach



Joe' Vone Jordan

Joe’ Vone Jordan 480030; WCI PO  box 351; Waupun, WI 53963

Greetings, I’m looking for a good, strong, intelligent and understanding frame of mind woman. Please don’t allow my present situation to discourage you to venture into my life. Sometimes we find the most beautiful things in unexpected places and the wonders of joy may extend beyond these walls, if…

I’m journeying though a nostalgia state in my life where all adults tend to venture off to at one point in their life. I’m longing to meet that special lady who will open her arms and nurse me close to her beating heart.

I’m above all childish games and behaviors that most men engage in while trying to meet women of today, and I hope you are a woman of the same caliber. If you are not afraid to adventure or explore, you’ll soon find that this unpromising world is filled with a new exciting man.

Please allow me this moment of time to introduce myself: I’m a good strong, intelligent, understanding 29 year old African American male. I spend most my time journeying through the depths of my mind reading exercising and writing children’s books for my two children. I also enjoy to laugh, joke and write urban novels while enjoying a variety of music.

Today you are scanning this penpal blog, probably for the exact same reason I’ve posted this blog ad..We are both journeying through life in search of something new and real to fill the void within the depths of our souls. I just pray  the I’m not so busy searching for flowers that bloom over the next horizon that I miss the one blooming right under my window sill.  IF that flower is you, let your pen be inspired by the depths of your soul and mend a broken heart.

Cordial, JoeVOne Jordan , A.K.A.  Ki  Jana Jambazi # 480030

Love  by  Joe'Vone Jordan. A.K.A. Jana Jambazi
         Sorry to bust your bubble. But America has this misperceived notion “love is kind”, “love is Blind”, “love is pain” and etc. I'm sorry, but those are only clich├ęs.
          Love Dwells within and makes one's soul shine through with a florescent beauty that not even the oceans can wash away. Love is compassion, not only showing a deep pity and sympathy for your family, but for the world of people that may be unkind..remember they need your love the most.
          Love is caring, it is more than liking, or a feeling of concern. It is embracing a friend, family or partner even when the relationship is at an all time law. That person may need to know you love them no matter the circumstances.
           Love is more than intercourse; it is cordial, warm, hearty and sincere, even in the presence of the most powerful hate. Remember evil can never prevail over good. So when hate declares war, love is the only sword you need to defeat it.
          There are numerous perceptions of love. Wikipedia, dictionary and the –philosophy of love all differ from one another. So I'm here to tell you, love comes from within and is expressed from the brain that signs a signal to the heart that releases a chemical is only how you express your feelings toward one another. After all, there's no such thing as a life that's better than yours..You must love yours...
 Thugs in America 
Salami ( Greetings) to all my fellow Brothers and sisters of the struggle in the word yet to be heard, here to bring you the meaning and definition of the word “thug”.
      Modern day youngsters misinterpreted and modified the true meaning of Thug to fit the “standards of the 21st century.”Some would define a thug as any generic brown skinned male with baggy- jeans hung low, exposed boxers, a wife beater t-shirt, and brand named ghetto gear. Others might point out that a thug is nothing more than a common criminal and only a criminal can be a thug but everybody knows all those baggy jeans people standing on the corner or sitting on the stoop are robbing, stealing and selling drugs. So of course they’re thugs. Certain lumpen proletarian gatekeepers like to proclaim that while there are many criminals, only the hardest and realest of those doing hard time can truly be thugs. The word thug derived from an ontology and philosophy of the “supreme Black goddess (Bhowani)” and its relationship to the power struggle in India in the mid-1800s that brought the word thug into the English language.
         “Bhowani” ran thugs, defended heinous robbers/murderers with an iron fist. These thugs were members of a secret criminal organization said to have existed for at least five hundred years in what is now called India before being eradicated by representatives of the British Empire (the British East India Company) In the mid 1800’s. These thugs were said to be an organized system of religions and sects which urged them to the murder of their fellow creatures under the assurance of high rewards in this world and the next.
          These thugs was defend to be vicious and malice; so much so they petrified and extorted kings and government, police and military. Etc. I find this to be completely fabricated, because in the traditional times they roamed the grounds of India, it would’ve been impossible for them to have run a period of five hundred years with no legitimate resources and form of government, they would’ve been hanged way before 1830.
   October 3, 1830” Captain William Sleeman discovered the thugs and was the mastermind who brung their whole organization down. After bringing their attention to the British authorities, he formed and became the head of the department of thugee and docolty. Sleeman spent a large portion of his career eradicating the thugs.
   Not to glorify, but give credit when due, “Bhowani” and her thugs were very smart and intelligent individuals. She ran her empire secretly in religious temples. Worship was said to be in the village Bindachul”(Vindhyachal-Vindhya mountain) on the Ganges, whose temple complex is one of the most ancient and most important centers of goddess worship in India. Murderers from every quarter of India between the river Narabada , Ganges and Indus----to pull down her temple at Bindachaul and hang her  priests would no doubt be the wish of every honest Christian. Soon “Bhowani” Thug empire would come falling down. The cult of “Thugee” and its practices were revealed through the confessions of informers (known as approvers). Stupidity and smarts don’t mix. Allowing people from every quarter of India into her temple and indulge in their business was a complete ignorant act. No thug was ever caught in the act. Members of hereditary criminal families spread throughout India were all convicted through testimony of “approvers”-AKA- men of criminal families and circumstantial evidence. There was no defense attorneys or jury , only a judge and the prosecutor Sleeman. The lack of hard evidence was buttressed only by Colonel Sleeman’s intuition and the perception of the inherent criminality of the accused. Describing their execution of the thugs, Sleeman  states: “they lifted up their hands and shouted ‘Bindachel Ka Jae!Bhowani Ke Gae!’” Their invocation of Bhowani was enough to defend their guilt.
       My Brothers and sisters of the struggle, I’m here today to say, referring to one’s self as a thug is only referring to one’s self as dead! The word thug is not to be modified and  undermined other than what it is: heinous robber and murderer.
      My Brothers and Sister, let me inform you: we are not thugs, we are Fathers, Brothers, Uncles nephews, cousins, mothers, sisters aunts daughters, and nieces. We are the essence, epitome of life that shall not be defend as a thug! But those who possess and utilize knowledge, wisdom and understanding, Don’t misinterpret my word; “I have thugged with many” But now I have become one with the Supreme , and I understand “knowledge” is the new thug in America..”If you know better, you do better” and by changing the mind, you understand knowledge is and that power is the only way to succeed. “Change the mind and everything else shall follow”
By Kijana The Jambazi AKA Joe’Vone M Jordan 480030;WCI

 Note to reader: I did research to verify the above and found a wealth of info on this incredible era. Here is a bit: “The word “thug” traces its roots  to the Hindi and Urdu word “thag”, which means thief or swindler and which itself is derived from the sanscrit verb “sthagati” (to conceal). The word would enter the English language in the 1800’s during the British imperial rule in India… The “Thuggee Cult” ..was believed to be a profession organization of criminals and assassins (“thugees”) who reportedly had strangled thousands of people on India’s roadsides.”  Lakshmi Gandhi 11 18, 2013

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ali Mursal

Ali Mursal 541673
WRC,PO Box 220
Winnebago, WI 54985

Ali Mursal was very withdrawn when he first wrote. He could only write  a few words and they were always the same- he needed love. H would not leave his cell even when he was in general population. He has grown a lot and now talks free ly about his feelings. His brother shed some light on Ali problems. The family is from Somalia and when Ali was 7, he saw his father murdered . He was treated very badly also. The family are refugees form that period and Ali never got the treatment he needed to overcome what he saw and experienced. Below is what he wrote a few years ago.

        "My name is Ali and I'm from Africa, born and raised. I came to the states to see how it is. Now that I am in prison they are trying to send me back to Africa. I nor my family wants that. If you are looking for a good, strong, honest friend and if you want to know more about me, Please write."
Ali Mursal

Daniel McBride describes his mental illness and AC confinement/needs friends

Affidavit of Daniel R. McBride;142889,WCI; Born 1967(49), on AC since 2013

I, Daniel R. McBride, under 28 U.S.C. Section 1746 and penalty of perjury bring this affidavit

 in good faith and do sweat the following is true and current to the best of my knowledge.

1.       I am presently confined in the Seg Unit of the Wisconsin Correctional Institution at Waupun, WI  53963.

2.       On September 10, 2013, I was placed on Administrative Confinement (AC) by the WCI Administrative Confinement members.  Ms. Bonis, Social Worker Supervisor, Officer Gundy, COII, and Capt. Westra.  Their decision reason was stated as:  Inmate’s gang-related activities, Inmate’s past conduct.  Perhaps the most disturbing incident or concern was taking a social worker hostage at WRC and Group Resistance and Petitioning, attempt hostage, conspiracy, manufacture or use of a weapon, aggravated assault, and endangering safety.

3.       Since being placed on AC I have been placed in Observation Status on 2/1/14 for 6 days, 4/14/14 for 20 days, 7/9/14 for 9 days, 9/11/15 for 4 days, 9/29/15 for 3 days and 11/29/15 for 1 day.

4.       Each time I was placed in observation was because of the fact of my being confined in a cell without any help from a clinician (psychologist) for 24 hours a day, and people hollering and screaming on the tier.

5.       Being on AC denies me access to some of my religious books and groups due to the fact that the chaplain cannot send any pagan books to seg, but yet other religions can.

6.       Ms. Baird, the former PSU Supervisor, who did an evaluation of me and said that I’m a “Mtt2b” mental health class, meaning a ‘serious mental illness.”  She told me to get involved in PSU (Psychological Services Unit-conducted) groups, but there are not any more PSU groups available, period.  These groups were stopped around February 11, 2015, but I did manage to complete the CGIP program with the Social workers before the Seg Team stopped that program from being available.

7.       Being confined to a cell 24 hours a day has caused me stress because of the noise on the tier and nothing to do; no fresh air; no access to clinical services, nor access to my religious books.

8.       Ms. Bonnie Halder, the WCI crisis worker, has told me as well as my attorney that people with mental problems cannot get the treatment they need due to the lack of time with an inmate and lack of programs, and PSU are not around 24 hours a day.

9.      Being an AC has caused me many mental problems.  Has caused me to overdose, writing poems about death, draw about death.  Being on medication makes me pace back and forth, cut myself because I cannot talk to clinicians, and the noise, lack of fresh air being in a cell, and lack of recreation, lack of treatment groups, in a cell with a brighter light on 24 hours a day; lack of religious books, not able to make group.

10.  My mental health has gotten worse due to the fact that I’m in AC and being placed in observation as a consequence.

11.  Many prisoners have been placed in observation due to the fact that inmates on AC cannot get the help that they need.  In observation you get a green smock, a black hard rubber mat, and a green security blanket with the light on 24 hours a day with an officer checking on you every 15 minutes.

12.  In a regular cell there’s no fresh air, no good air flow and the rooms are cold and loud.

13.  I have talked to many clinicians since I’ve been on AC because of my mental health getting worse due to being in a room 24 hours a day; thoughts of self-harm, cutting myself, and overdosing a few times.  My diagnosis has gotten worse, as well, as PSU has listed me for:

(A)   Personality Disorder Mitch Type

(B)   Poly = Substance Abuse

(C)   Antisocial Personality Disorder

(D)   Emotional Psypregulation (I don’t think that’s right, but that’s what it says)

(E)    Emotional Disorder

(F)    Past Traumatic Stress Disorder

(G)   Poly-Substance Dependence in Controlled Environment

(H)   Borderline Personality Disorder

(I)      Borderline Intellectual Functioning

(J)     Mtt2b (mental health classification)


14.  My diagnosis and mental health class have gotten worse and going to observation because of noise, being locked in a cell 24 hours a day, because of noise on the tier, looking at the hallways, thoughts of self-harm, and no access to the help that I need.  PSU staff n longer stops by my cell to speak with me.


I am competent to testify to all of the above. Executed at Waupun, Wisconsin On January 20, 2016                                    

Tim Crowley

update 2 - 12: Tim has been working very hard to get out of segregation, he had a good friend in a more mature deaf prisoner celled next to him who helped him work on controlling his anger. He is trying to get braille lessons and work on his GED as sight is getting worse. The prison seems more receptive to helping. A friendly note would help him alot.

Tim Crowley #43754
CCI: PO Box 900; Portage, WI 53901
Born 1976, now 40

Timothy has been deaf since early childhood . He is now going blind. He was recently doing well at Mendota Mental Health Institute and is suddenly back at CCI- where there is no treatment for him. he was learning braille at Mendota and he was there by court order . We are trying to find out what happened. This letter of 2011 explains what he is up against
letter from 2011. still relevant.
Tim: Young And Old
Hello There, I am a young man 34 years old, will be 35 years February 12, 2011, God Willing.
I’ll be brief, I’m hearing impaired and has been all my life and I am diagnosed as usher syndrome which in all actually been part of all my life as well, but never knew until 2007. It consists of hearing impaired and Blindness. So I were informed by doctors that I will need to learn braille and ASL (Sign language)will be appropriate if I choose to live in a deaf community. ON top of all this I am also considered mentally ill. Through institutions the majority of my life. Out patient at the Milwaukee mental health complex at the age of 15 years. I’ve been in the “system” since the age of 11 but in family court since age of 10. Also my speech impediment is a burden. I tried to explain to a CP that I talk loud due to a hearing impediment. My illness gotten worse as in the month of November I cut my neck, wrists and the nurse clean me up, place me back on observation status. I reopened my wound the 2nd part of that day by biting my vein in my wrist area and lost about a pint of blood. But in October I tried swallow my inhaler, tried to cut my wrist with a staple. But in September I swallow my hearing aides and reopened the wound in my neck. This happened all here at CCI. But treatment facility by name of Wisconsin Resource Center, I cut my neck while on control status, before swallow brow of my eye glasses. All these attempts were uncharacteristic of me. But I done in the past swallow an overdose of pills and tied a noose around my neck and went off my meds when I suspicion of others plotting against me. I hurt self. I been incarcerated since the age of 19. I am going on my 16th year. Also, I’m still technically court order under 971.16 case 971.17 by judge named John R Strick of Dodge Corr due I battered COS at Waupun the day before my B-say in 1999. I were housed in Mendota for approximately 2 years from 2001 to 2003. I were shipped out do to unstable behavior that were the result of my little brother being murdered and he was murder by someone we grew up with so you can imagine how it effect me . Well , I’ve much more show or tell of me personally, dilemma and complexes
Tim Crowley

Michael Newman, alone in world, soon to be released, needs to connect


Michael Newman 529013; CCI, PO Box 900, Portage, WI 53901
Summary of My Story

Hi, my name is Michael Newman, a 26 year old African American, i moved to Milwaukee from Chicago when I was 12 years old-that’s when my life started to change. When I was 15 years old I got into a big fight with my father for abusing my brothers and sisters and even my mother. I got kick out of the house and went to St. Charles and then to Lad lake. All my life I was in and out of group homes. And in 2007 I caught my first case for armed robbery with my so called friends and ended up doing 30 years in prison, and that cycle never stopped. I got locked up back in 2013 for the same case again with my so-called friends, and one point in my life I was homeless. While I was in prison my mother died in a house fire in Milwaukee along with my oldest sister; I went wild, almost took my own life cause my mother and sister was gone and they were my only support. So I thought to myself, what would my mother want me to do, so while I was locked up I got my HSED and changed my ways. I love to draw, read, sing and watch movies. I get out of prison august first of next year.  I’m looking for new friends and I would love to get to know you. I’m going home with no friends, I’m on my own –so if you would like to make a new friends, you can write me at Michael Newman 529013; CCI, PO Box 900, Portage, WI 53901.



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

jeff Poff

Jeff Poff 2016, 44 years old
Jeff Poff #390966
WCI; PO BOX 351;
WAUPUN , WI 53963

written 6 years ago: update coming

Jeff First wrote me to tell me he had been beaten and maced by guards after being told he would be going back to segregation. Jeff had hesitated, was not resisting, but also not moving. He is one of the men FFUP works with to keep sane and healthy. He is now is writing a book and pursuing a lawsuit concerning his injuries . Often , the law is the only thing the prisoners have to turn to to keep hope up, for there are no resources in segregation and law materials are mandated by the courts.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Joshua Scolman, having a really hard time in solitary

Joshua Scolman 422508; Po Box 351; Waupun, WI 53963

Joshua Scolman will be placed on AC after his year of solitary time is up- he is already in trouble psychically- was part of food strike and ended up in the hospital after several tube feeding tries. Read of his ordeal here

Description of Abuse

My name is Joshua Scolman. I’m 32 years old and have been incarcerated for 10 years.  I have been placed in solitary confinement on numerous occasions for from 3 months to a year, and am now serving a year of solitary time, at which point I will be placed on administrative confinement for defending myself against the abuse and conduct of staff. Each time I come to seg, I lose myself a little more. I have my religious freedoms completely denied,   I’m subject to psychological torture, which leads to continual deterioration of my mental faculties. I am denied human contact, which leads me to further anti-social behavior, which in turn causes me more problems. It is a slippery slope. I am currently held in a cell with a window facing a brick wall, no view of nature, the sky, sun or outside life. My religion of Odinism is a nature religion, and it’s through the outdoors I see my Gods so I am deprived of this as well. I have contracted many psychological “ticks” such as OCD, communication problems, and PTSD.  I’m continually stressed out over insignificant things. And it’s only getting worse. The mass hysteria these seg units infects men with is real, and very serious. The public needs to be aware of the damage being done to so many prisoners across the state, and nationwide, and to act to correct the problem of long term segregation sentences.

We are establishing contact with Joshua and have invited him to write regularly for this blog. 

If you would like to write him, here is his info: 

Joshua Scolman 422508; Po Box 351; Waupun, WI 53963


Joshua quit the hunger strike after the DOC attempted to force feed him and he nearly died. Story here:

No other state goes to force feeding except as last resort and it is condemned by AMA and many human rights organizations

Joshua’s story about forcefeeding handwritten original:    


LaRon McKinley

LaRon McKinley, 27 1/2 years in AC and counting

The  bit of DOC rules below is what keeps
 LaRon McKinley in AC-27 ½ years so far..

a)      “the inmate presents a substantial risk.. as evidenced by a behavior or a history of homicidal or

b)      other violent  behavior HISTORY of violence -the DOC uses his crime decades ago to hold him

He was very angry and violent. He escaped and shot a guard. Years ago,
when I asked  him about
 “his Crime” he wrote:

“Its not that I don’t trust to write you a bio about me.  Its just that I don’t like ( not ashamed, just not  comfortable with)
my past. I am tired of being judged by it. Every day or every hearing I have ,every opportunity, every reminder
that someone in a Doc  suit acts toward  me that I am too dangerous  to  sit out in a lawn chair with them or

 Their  family, or with  anyone, and drink  a soda or watch a sports event.  They are  rubbing my past in my

 face. And so I am  tired of it, tired of being reminded of it or thinking of it as I already have a trillion times
  as it is what has reaped me this dismal existence.  

My artwork shows the beauty at which my  mind’s eye gages   and judges and I want  others to see what I

see and feel  in their   subjects and judge me on that measure.(some of his art work is at left)"

The prison calls LaRon a psychopath. For me, he is a dear friend and someone whose
 judgement I trust. He often sets me straight when I ask him about conditions or
 occurrences that come to me in varied versions. He did throw feces at a guard at the end
 of a time of deep paranoia. WCI is out of control in my view and horribly corrupt in my
experience. It takes someone incredibly balanced to not act out in the mayhem. 
Since that outburst, LaRon has got into the law