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”

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”