Writing an Inmate

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Lorenzo Balli



Lorenzo Balli is a very courageous man, fighting conditions in segregation . He is honest and clearsighted, and often self destructive, partly because conditons in segregation are intolerable. He needs friends badly. As with all prisoners listed on our web , we do provide middle man service if you do not want to give any prisoner your address. - you can use our address as your return address. For information about this program, email swansol@mwt.net.



Lorenzo Balli #238265
GBCI, PO Box 19033
Green Bay, WI 54307

Searching for Friendship

My name is Lorenzo Solvano Balli.

Everyone has a story and I’d like to be able to hear yours , and maybe be given a chance to share mine.. Although we may be worlds apart, there are qualities of understanding, patience, and the willingness to extend themselves- these qualities are what brings people together from all walks of life and creates that social bond called friendship. I hope I can be given that chance to be a friend to you and we can get to know each other.

Another time he wrote:
Sometimes in our journey through life we happen to discover what is known as an alternate reality. Each of us lives in a microcosm, seeing outside the box is rare. The majority of people see and hear of others who have similar life styles to their own, only worlds apart, Then there are news reports exposing these alternate worlds, only these reports are mere fragments, distinct apparitions that fade away one the channel is changed- the documentation is never really seen, felt, heard, or smelled, without such one could never empathize nor comprehend the images depicted. Fortunately or unfortunately enough, you have either stumbled unconsciously, or boldly entered a domain that very few people care to thin k about, or are simply too lost in their own microcosm to even consider alternate realities. Therefore I confide in you, brave and willing enough to enter this cataclysmic maze. I speak to you as the closest friend in order to obtain a piece of solace in a world of hurt and pain. I understand the obstacles before me, the stereotypes, and ill preconceptions. I can only hope to overcome all odds by extending myself offering you to encounter someone real in a world of phantoms, a piece of my insanity in exchange for a grain of hope. I offer depth, describing my world, because with understanding I may reach one person who could feel the absolute wrongness of this system that is stifling the life out of their fellow man then maybe, just maybe, change is possible. I have decided to document what life means to me, not that I believe it is beautiful or even that the world wants to know, or even cares what goes on in the American justice system, because I honestly believe no one does care. No, I write because the act of writing is my catharsis. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe someone out there does care and will reach out to me and again, maybe not… From the edge of silence and insanity my eyes close.


Two other sights featuring Lorenzo:

http://daytodayadvocacy.blogspot.com/2010/03/lawsuit-complaint.html: conditions of confinetment is segregation are grapically described. Lorenzo is trying to make life more humane for all confined there.
http://balliwords.blogspot.com/



Juan Xarine-Berchar

Juan Xarine-Berchar #139017
Columbia Correctional Institution; CCI
PO Box 900
Portage, Wi 53901

Note: Juan is Cuban and came very to the US on the Mario boat lift, and like many who did the same, he is stranded here and in prison . He has no one.

This was note below was written several years ago- Juan went into a deep depression and hurt himself . He is now doing better and has been transferred to WRC, the only institution that treats people with emotional trouble or mental illness. He needs lots of letters . Short letters are fine, and cards. He is very easy to write.

Hello, My name is Juan Xarine Berchar. I am 50 years old. I’m half Spanish and half French, I have never been married. I had two daughters, but unfortunately my oldest daughter passed away 2005. She was 20 years old. My youngest daughter is 17 years old but she do not stay in touch. I do not have anyone to write me.

I would like to know if you would be interested in opening a line of communication with me, I don’t have anyone to visit me and it gets very lonely sometimes. I do not have family in the USA. I want you to know that I’m writing you with the best of intentions, I hope you accept this invitation of friendship I extend to you.

Anyway, let me tell you about me. I am very good at cooking Spanish food . I like chicken, pork chops. I loved rice and beans, I like to listen to jazz, I like dancing, favorite Colo Purple. I was living in Miami, Fl before I came to WI. I also like to travel, read and go to the movies. I don’t play games with anyone’s feelings because I don’t want anyone to play with mine, I am looking for someone who knows what they want cause I know what I want and what I need. I want to be loved. I need love in my life. I want someone with all my heart and soul. This may sound corny but it’s from the heart. I am, looking for a meaningful relationship- someone who wants a to be loved.

Anyway, in case you want to know , I am not a rapist or killer. I am not here for any sexual case or any violent crime. I was found guilty of burglary and - I have until 2012 or sooner. I hope you don’t care about my past because that is just what it is- we can work through this. My life is not over and I have a future. Thank God I am in good health and am still standing. Well , I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely, Juan Xarine Berchar,



in another letter Juan says: “It gets very lonely for me at times as I do not have any family in the US. I am 45 years old; I have never been married. I have two beautiful daughters. My oldest just passed away 3 months ago- she was in a car wreck.
I am hoping and praying to find a friend who will open a line of communication with me, with the possibility of forming a relationship. I am not looking for beauty because beauty is only skin deep. I am looking for someone who is willing to love and be loved. Someone who is honest, loving, caring, and compassionate. Size and color does not matter; or age, because age is only a number. I want someone who has experience life, because I don’t want to play any games. All my life I have been looking for love in all the wrong places. I also want to let you know that my release date is in 2007. I am a very loving and caring person with a lot to give.”