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Monday, August 15, 2016

Zachary Krivitz


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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

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

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



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