Writing an Inmate

As prisoners are often moved, you should look up their address with the Department of Corrections' Offender Locator, before mailing them
Please email or call with any questions and we do offer forwarding service, (where you use Forum for Understanding Prisons' address as your return address) if you do no want to give out your address.

contact: Peg Swan 608-536-3993 or pgswan3@aol.com

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Michael Shackelford

Michael Shackelford 410597 530

Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution
PO Box 282
Plymouth, WI  53073

BD 1979, 37 now

hi my name is michael shackelford #410597 im 37 years of age 12-17-1979   i've been locked up for almost 17 years now on a 30 year prison term... im currently locked up in kettle moraine correctional institution ... since the loss of my mother 12-16-2016 :(    i've been sad depressed lonely and lost ... not much support or love from anyone but I am trying to keep my head above water.  i would really love to find a big brother type friendship or motherly love / correspondence  out of this ... im a honest man just trying to develop a friendship that will hopefully keep me laughing and stress free ...keep me motivated on continuing to do good ... someone that I can write call or even willing to come visit me occasionally if the time permits itself ... please feel free to write me and ask questions if you would like to learn more about me ... my information is michael shackleford #410597     nick name  cheezy ....kettle moraine correctional institution  po box 282, w9071 forest drive .. plymouth , wisconsin 53073-0282     (  d.o.b.  12-17-1979   )...

Feel free to use FFUP's return address for your return address.. TO do this email pgswan@aol.com.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Justin Burns

 read his first letter as sent: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/justin-burns-7-27.pdf
Below is first letter typed: 7 27 17 letter
born 1991- 26 years old

Justin Burns 560078 CCI
My name is Justin Burns and I’m in the cell with Justin Welch here in seg at CCI. I’d like to briefly explain my situation to you. I suffer from Mental illness specifically OCD, Anxiety and depression. I was referred to WRC as a High Priority for these symptoms I just told you about. My referral was accepted in 90 minutes; the quickest acceptance the psych doctor has ever seen! On the day I packed to leave to go to WRC I was found with some Marijuana on me; I had self medicated a few days before because I just couldn’t take the depressions and anxiety of everyday life with my WCLG. So I was given 360 days in seg due to my Conduct report. My visits were also taken from me due to my ticket but my visits had absolutely nothing to do with my conduct report.  There are numerous inmates here who lost their visits also due to having dirty UAs.
So back to my situation, I have wrote PSU two times since i’ve been here and have not been seen.  i’m just another casualty of the system who will not receive treatment before getting out. ON 6/30/17 I packed up to transfer to leave Monday 7 3 17.While I was in seg Captain Miller came to my door and said ”you know you were supposed to leave today.” I said, “yes, I know.
 He said I wasn’t leaving though.
My mental health has been eating me and there is s no one here to talk to or to help. I was PRC’d  to leave for treatment at WRC and it was Just stopped! No one is responding to my requests> NO one has answers. I ‘ve wrote to the Captain, to the security director, to the social worker, to the unit manager and also o PSU. I’m getting a copy of my referral tonight and when I get It I will send it to you. I would like to be names as a plaintiff in the class action lawsuit that’s going on. Justin Welch will help me exhaust  administrative remedies.(gives me permission to do as I like with his letter, and that he is on mail monitoring. )

This is a request to see the psychological staff.
read his hand written letter: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/justin-burns-7-27.pdf
We have invited Justin to write for this blog and will look for other ways to help him cope with his OCD. anxiety and depression but the only real way to help any of these prisoner is to change the system - which means legal action and litigation- attempts are under way.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Cody Long ,24,in solitary at WCI

Cody Long 558710; 
WCI  PO Box 351; Waupun, WI 53963
Born 1993, to be released 10/2018 

Cody is a 24  year old kid sitting in solitary confinement in Waupun Correctional. 
 In his first letter below he explains he belonged to a tough elite group and tell 
how he got where he is now. He is writing hoping to find someone that will help 
him keep sane. There is no treatment or training here, another example of our 
completely dysfunctional system which neither rehabilitates nor keeps us safe.  
We can help him over-come the obstacles by showing him what true friendship 
is for. I don't think many of these kids know, or have experienced love or caring that 
doesn't have a dozen strings attached.

Cody Long's march 2017 introduction: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/cody-a-long-intro.pdf

Below is a letter written about a month later:

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Justin Welch

Justin Welch 579750, CCI, PO Box 900, Portage, WI 53901 
Justin is a deep thinker which is one of the reasons he is also very good at self torture. In the darkest period of his life he took a murder job-he is paying for that murder with a life sentence and gives himself no peace over his act. He is mentally ill and receives no health care, Has spent most of his years in solitary and has engaged in self harm . At one point he worked himself out of solitary and was doing well in a kitchen job when a homemade knife was found and he was blamed. "Why would I fashion a homemade knife when I work around knives all day?" he asked. All progress gone, back to seg.  
His greatest wish is to get back to California where his mother and kids are. So far both DOCs have refused but we are not through trying, 
Justin is a keen observer and is concerned about the welfare of other prisoners as well as his own. 
Here is a february letter:
 links to some of his descriptions of "seghell" and his personal story: 

 drawing by James Henri, Justin's cell mate

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Elijah Brooks


   Elijah Brooks 2048201; GBCI, PO Box 19033, Green Bay, WI 54307

We will be posting more for this gentleman. He maintains that he is innocent of the crime he was convicted of-- sex offense. There is little that is more misunderstood than this issue and we have started a blog on the issue (now dormant) and with Elijah's  help we will regenerate it. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

new requests for penpal and listening ear

These are just straight scans of introductory information we received- we will work with this more soon and, where needed, will write the prisoners for more info.
1)Cody A Long #558710, WCI PO Box351, Waupun, WI 53963
BD 1992 age 24 WCI
Cody A Long
here is his introductory letter- click to read and/or download

3 A C prisoners Below
     The three prisoners below are on Administrative Confinement (AC)in Boscobel, WI: WSPF, the former Supermax.
      After hearing that the WI DOC was sending many inmates to WSPF,,AC, we did an open records request to get names and numbers of people on AC and then sent a form to some of these prisoners asking 1) whether they want a pen-pal; 2) Do they want to be part of our ongoing campaign against long term solitary confinement ; 3) would they like our newsletter and 4) whether we have their permission to post their writings and story and if we can use their name.
The first answers are just coming in. All say yes to all questions.
2)Andre L Tinnon #306887
WSPF PO Box 9900
Boscobel, WI 53805
BD 1980, 

Andre L Tinnon

Friendship wanted.
Andre has supplied his AC hearing document and his appeal. The prison is tell him he is on AC because of his "history of Violence" i.e., his conviction and his "non compliance with the rules" He is  appealing his conviction, claims innocence, has not had a conduct report resulting in seg time. We will be writing him for more information regarding his present conditions but he would like a penpal.

from 2 8 17 letter:
"I am interested in helping you and others understand what prisoners go through day in and out. Currently I am serving a “Life” sentence and I have been in solitary confinement for a total of 5 years. For allegedly breaking rule violations- basically i could have easily did seg time, and went to (G.P) general population. I was then told I was on AC due to my murder case supposedly because the media made it look like I was a cold blooded killer. And I don’t agree with that because I didn’t kill anybody I basically took the case to save my ex-girlfriend and uncle from going to penitentiary and the person was no kin to me. But at this time I am appealing the matter as of now. But I say all that to say this –that’s the real reason i’am on AC. Also the victim worked at (H.O.C.) House of Corrections outside of Milwaukee, that’s 30 minutes from Milwaukee from Franklin. But yeah, I’am yellow phase at this time, and after that I will be Green Phase, and have a total of 7 months to return to G.P. So that’s my outlook upon seg. In next letter I will write more. The pleasure was all mines ! "

3)Marcus Evans #543698
WSPF, PO Box 9900
Boscobel, WI 53805
BD 1993; 23
Would be a learning experience to write as penpal

Mark Evans' Story: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/marcus-evans-story-2-11-172.pdf


This young man's story of why he is on AC is something I hear a lot from "kids" in WI's DOC and it is sad. They will not tolerate being humiliated, disrespected and are easily set up to snap out by staff. Often the learning is hard but the older prisoners around them help them learn that when they act out they are doing exactly what the staff want. "You only have control over what YOU do.  No one can demean except you." A hard one: i.e. "pick your battles"  I will be writing him and asking him to write regularly for our blogs- We need to learn from him, I think.

4.) James Terry #373986
WSPF PO Box 9900
Boscobel, WI 53805
DB 1964 ;age 52
Wants a friend

James Terry is well known to FFUP-- For many years he has been trying to find reliable representation to prove his innocence. Someday we may have a group like Wisconsin Innocence Project to do preliminary investigation on the many many cases such as this.
But for right now FFUP's interest is why he is on AC and we hope he can find a friendly pen-pal

If there is any who would like to look into these AC cases with reform in mind, contact FFUP at pgswan3@aol.com


Sunday, January 1, 2017

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.