Mark: 17 people have died at MSDF.… I was almost one of them

My name is Mark. I am currently being housed at Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. I would like to give a first-hand account on what is going on here. Let me start by saying this is by far the worst facility I’ve ever been in. MSDF (as it’s known) is housing inmates in the worst conditions. Men are crowded into a small cell built for one person, three at a time. The third man is placed into a plastic bin on the floor called a boat. These boats force the inmate to sleep on the floor less than 1 foot away from the toilet all three men relieve themselves in. The placement of three men in the cell makes it impossible to move. This forces the three men to remain in the bed for the entire [time] they are locked in. Continue reading “Mark: 17 people have died at MSDF.… I was almost one of them”

Ramerro: I can barely breathe throughout the night

My name is Ramerro, and I am a registered sex offender. Right now I am sitting at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility. The reason I am here is because I decided to go on the run, due to the fact that my probation agent was trying to put me on a homeless bracelet. Now the reason I didn’t agree with her decision is because I had and still have my own house. And the only people that stay with me are my two kids (who are boys) and their mother.

Now before any of this happened, I was told by my agent to ask the SOT (sexual offender training) teacher if it was OK and what did he think. He looked at me straight in my eyes and told me that if my case isn’t against my kids or their mother then I should be able to live at my home with my family with no problems. But my agent disagreed and said no just because I told her that me and my kid’s mom argue sometimes.

If you ask me, that’s really not a strong reason to keep a man or woman from their family. Here I am right now living in a two-man cell with three men in it. And I’m the one sleeping on a boat on the floor. I have no space and I can barely breathe throughout the night. So just imagine what me and other inmates are going through. I feel like the state of Wisconsin and DOC, agents are getting away with too much. It needs to be stopped now before it gets worse.

Danny: MSDF is the worst possible place

For three years now, Danny has been trying to re-integrate into society after serving time for a burglary conviction. He started parole March 2015. Here he describes his experience with trying to get his life back together, and how that was derailed, ending with a stay in MSDF:

First year of parole went great, got a new job after the work release and started building my life back up. Went half on a condo with girlfriend and half on a new car also. Parole switched me to a different agent and she switched me from [visiting P.O.] once a month to once a week for no reason, after I already earned once a month for staying out of trouble. She was after me for some reason, still don’t know why to this day. Continue reading “Danny: MSDF is the worst possible place”

Charles: MSDF should be shut down

I have been in and out of the system since 2008. There were times that I may have deserved to be incarcerated, but there were also times like this one [in Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, or MSDF] that I don’t deserve to be.

Not even offering minimum requirements for prison programming

For MSDF to be considered a prison, they have no kind of programs as far as vocational goes. I’ve been locked up for a month now. I have written the program director just to ask for different modules to do while being incarcerated and I’ve gotten no answer. It’s been two weeks since I sent my request.

Inhumane conditions

I’ve been placed in a “boat” [plastic sled-type bed on floor] for sleeping arrangements at the beginning of my stay here. The food that they serve us, I feel as if I’m getting a children’s plate. For people without money on their books, they used to give soap every other day, now they only give it once a week.

Shut it down

MSDF, in my thoughts, should be shut down. I thank you for allowing me to share my concerns.

Joshua: This place kind of makes you lose your mind

The first time my agent locked me up was for a money violation around May 2017. I had a couple hundred dollars around. Second time he locked me up is the situation I’m in now, being revocated for alleged violations. They gave me 2 years 4 months and 28 days. And I haven’t had no case, just allegations

Being locked up in MSDF is not a good experience. This place is run like a max. We’re always locked in and they feed you like you’re a toddler. It if wasn’t for the canteen, you’d starve. You get no sunlight. It’s a building inside of a building. No fresh air, just recycled air. Continue reading “Joshua: This place kind of makes you lose your mind”

Devante: Handcuffed everywhere we go

My experience being locked up in MSDF has been hard because we don’t get fresh air, we can’t move around off the unit. We get handcuffed everywhere we go. Each floor gets treated differently. I feel we should get equal treatment. If this is supposed to be a prison, then everybody should be able to get TV, radio, clothes(grays), shoes, etc. Not just the ninth floor.  Continue reading “Devante: Handcuffed everywhere we go”

Carlos: This is not for humans

I’m locked down in this place and it is destroying my life in many ways. The good thing that I have going is I believe in God and I’m strong during this hard time. Yes, I have sinned many times in life and made many mistakes that caused me my freedom by landing in jails and prisons all over this state and other states as well, since I was 14 years of age.

And every time that I made mistakes and got incarcerated, I have always made big changes in life, to get out free and be more successful. It has taken me many years, but I won’t give up on changing for a better life. Continue reading “Carlos: This is not for humans”

James: No sunlight, outdoor rec or even fresh air

My name is James. I am 36 years old. I was released on [2017] from doing 26 months for a domestic violence case. … fast forward a few weeks. I got a job working 1st shift with a good company in Kenosha marking $12/hour. In a matter of 8 days an opportunity presented itself where I became a supervisor with 13 employees under me and a pay raise to $16/hr. The position was during the day so I had to reschedule my appointments with my parole agent a few times. My agent was understanding…Fast forward a few weeks…My agent transferred to Racine and I was given a new agent. I was then forced to move from the place I was staying, and since I didn’t have my new agent’s number, I left a message with my old parole agent [to notify of new address]. Continue reading “James: No sunlight, outdoor rec or even fresh air”