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”

Mario: It’s time to wake up Milwaukee

Medical condition ignored

My experience at MSDF was not good. For one, I told them about my dry skin problem and it was ignored. It seemed like I put three doctor slips in with no response. I had eczema. I told them this and I had to get in the water to stay clean so my skin got extra dry. I used hydrocortisone on the streets. Plus my skin in here started to scar on my face and back and legs. I felt so ugly. Continue reading “Mario: It’s time to wake up Milwaukee”

Mark on life in MSDF: It’s been hell

My experience in MSDF was hell. I’ve been denied medical attention in segregation. I had to sleep on the floor for days. Staff assaulted me, cussed me out and denied me my medication and high blood pressure check. I was ignored while nauseous and vomiting. I was in a bus and car accident and MSDF didn’t give me proper care and no rehabilitation. I was denied an extra mattress, which I asked for because of pain. The room was cold, and my back, shoulder, hand, wrist, elbow, side head, head, and neck have suffered pain and damage. I’ve been treated inhumanely by MSDF. Continue reading “Mark on life in MSDF: It’s been hell”

Henry: I got jumped and brutally beaten in MSDF

Getting back on track after release

I got out of prison Feb. 23, 2016. Upon my release I enrolled myself into a program called OARS through WCS. I volunteered to be in the alcohol monitoring bracelet program, and I enrolled myself into an AODA program with a place called Family Focus. I successfully completed both. I also got a job at a barbershop. I was made a partner and still have position there. Feb 27, 2017 I got married. Continue reading “Henry: I got jumped and brutally beaten in MSDF”

Cedric: Fix it or demolish the place

Being held in M.S.D.F. is a joke. They don’t ever follow the rules printed down in the handbook but they want you to abide by the rules. A couple of years ago I saw an inmate bleeding and begging for help, but the sergeant that was on duty was acting like a rookie, not knowing what to do and getting paid $19-$20 an hour…for what?

I’ve been sleeping on the same pillow cases and sheets for weeks. Something needs to be done or demolish the place. I had a real nice job being a forklift operator making $13 an hour and had an apartment. Now I am revoked, stuck in M.S.D.F.

Deon: No medication and sleeping on the floor

I was sent to MSDF on Oct. 29, 2017. I told the nurse I am taking two medications for my seizure disorder. As I was moved upstairs on 8 south cell, I had been asking and asking about my seizure medication, I had also talked to the corrections officer about my seizure medication. They would go to the nurses and ask them about my medication. They say the nurses said they don’t have nothing for me. I did not receive my seizure medication for four days, which is too long. People have died from having a seizure without medication. It should not take them four days to give me my dose of seizure medication.

In MSDF I had to sleep on the floor in a “boat.” I have not been getting good sleep. I had been so depressed and so stressed out. My loss is that I lose spending time with my family and looking for a better place.

Dontez: My experience of MSDF

As I embark on this new path of life, God has shown me the great calling he has blessed me with, and to be a part of. I was given a few guidelines to follow, but God has led me to touch on a topic that is far more important than myself. The main focus of this entry to me is “my experience while behind the walls of M.S.D.F.”

At 24 years of age, I’ve seen men lose their lives… these men lose their lives to a system that is “freely” breaking the very laws that they have set to uphold the “safety” of the community. The state is substituting “rehabilitation” for “mass incarceration.” In this process our due process rights and our constitutional rights are being drug through the mud, as if to say we aren’t human beings. Continue reading “Dontez: My experience of MSDF”

Boston: MSDF is unsanitary and unliveable

The struggle to reintegrate into society is real

On my current case/incarceration, I did not have an initial term of confinement, seeing as how the sentencing judge saw fit to give me probation. However, this is not my first incarceration and I know all too well the “struggle” of trying to re-integrate back into society after being in prison, not once, but twice.

I can honestly say on both occasions (being released from prison), I failed horribly on my quest to succeed. After spending over three years of your life in a Wisconsin State Prison, returning to the same environment, now in an even worse state financially than when you left, it’s a real challenge. What all the programs, all the facilitators and probation agents fail to realize is that we, being fathers, husbands, and at one time sole providers for our families, have been gone for a substantial amount of time. So, we feel obligated to make up for everything that’s been lost, all the years our children went without, our wives have struggled “alone” to provide for our seeds. So it is easy to fall victim to circumstances. The D.C.C. focuses more so on discipline rather than implementing “successful” programs, rehabilitating the offender.

Corrections programs not addressing many and real needs

Don’t misconstrue my notion, it is a fact that the D.C.C. has resources available to help one obtain employment. But, when you’re faced with homelessness, unemployment, lack of support, poverty, lack of self worth, and for many, psychological disabilities, the programs offered by the D.C.C. cannot begin to be deemed successful.

It was no time before I sought to return to my life of drug dealing to provide for my family to make enough to, “in my mind,” make up for my past negligence. I tried the “straight and narrow” for a moment, but I quickly realized that working for the temporary agency (Staffing Partners) being sent to Quad Graphics for 12 hour shifts, only three days a week, wasn’t going to cut it. After taxes and child support I was left with near to none.

MSDF is an unlivable environment

On both my trips back to prison (on revocation)—please note that I had not reoffended. I was sent back to prison because the D.C.C. deemed me “uncooperative” on my parole, thanks to several rule violations. But on my current visit to M.S.D.F, I did re-offend, falling victim to circumstance, by selling drugs.

Although my reasoning for being here is substantiated (in this term) the experience here has been the same every time.

M.S.D.F., in my opinion, defines the statement “cruel and unusual punishment.” Please note that in no way am I the type of man to complain, be combative, nor do I “rebel” against authority. It is my honest opinion that “we” (meaning ourselves) are our own authors of our circumstances. Meaning, it is my own fault that I am here. I’ve made decisions that landed me in jail.

But in any case, being an inmate does not constitute being subjected to unsanitary living conditions, extreme heat, poor and recirculated (ventilated) air to breathe, no exposure to fresh air or sun, for a lengthy period of time. We are subjected to the mood swings, alter-egos and plain out rudeness, if you will, of the staff here.

It is understood on my behalf that prison/jail is not supposed to be a vacation, but M.S.D.F is ridiculously outrageous!

Not to mention, being here, I’ve lost everything I had.

M.S.D.F, in closing, is, if not the, close to the only Wisconsin State Prison that should be deemed inappropriate and judged as an unlivable environment.


Anthonio: Denied opportunity

Self-taught entrepreneur

My name is Antonio. Born 10/20/75. Arrested 9/30/94, age 18. While in prison I became self-educated on business and financial literacy. I was denied a vocation while incarcerated. There was no system in place to prepare me for my release, so I studied Black Enterprise Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. Once released on 3/8/2008 in the heart of the recession, my P.O. denied me the opportunity for employment and would try to prevent me from building my auto paint shop company with a 7:00 curfew.

Sent back to MSDF with no new criminal charges

I was in and out of MSDF and revocated multiple times while never having another criminal charge since 1994. I have a commercial cleaning business, janitorial supply business, commercial supply business, as well as a media company that includes filming and marketing. All this is noted by my p.o. in my log.

Christopher: What are they really trying to accomplish here?

I was 22 years old when I originally received my sentence. Since then I have been removed three separate times and incarcerated here at MSDF more times than I can keep count. Even though I have been battling my disease of addiction, I have not earned or caught a new case since my original charge. As a matter of fact every time I went to prison I always get staffed as community custody. But that doesn’t seem to matter. The only thing that seems to matter here in Milwaukee or at MSDF is keeping all and or any past convicted felons incarcerated regardless of their situation.

My minor offences have resulted in my being locked in a 6 x 12 cell for 20 hours of the day. Sometimes, or actually every time I come here for minor offences, three people to a cell.

As I write, I’m laying on the floor just inches from the toilet all three of us are supposed to use. Not only are we locked away for 20 hours of the day but we are not allowed any recreational activities. Not allowed outside or to feel any fresh air. Continue reading “Christopher: What are they really trying to accomplish here?”