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.

Ventae Parrow: Time to Shut Down MSDF

It is time to shut down Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) and build communities.

I’m one who never thought I would ever see a place like Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility as many times as has happened without committing or being convicted of any new crimes.

I was held captive for the first time in this nine-floor, high-rise, supermax, concentration camp, inhumane, unconstitutional, torture chamber-style prison in 2002 as a stop off on the way to Dodge Correctional Institution.

I’m telling you it was the most miserable two weeks of incarceration I have ever experienced. I remember not being given access to natural air or sunlight, contact visits, recreation, clean clothes, proper hygiene, adequate health care nor appropriate portions of food.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service published an opinion piece regarding MSDF by EXPO of Milwaukee Leader Ventae Parrow, who has been detained at MSDF for the past seven months. Click here to read the article.

Wisconsin candidates for governor advocate for sweeping criminal justice reform

At a forum on criminal justice Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Madison, Wis., democratic candidates for governor called for sweeping criminal justice reform, including an end to a defective process called crimeless revocation. This process puts people who have been released from prison back behind bars even when they have not broken the law. It causes people struggling to reintegrate into society to lose any progress they’ve made as they work to establish stable housing, jobs and family connections.

James: My family struggles

Before I came to MSDF I was working between 60 and 80 hours a week at a recycling center as a heavy machine operator. I was bringing home $2,000 each paycheck.

I’m married to a wonderful woman with our six kids at home. She now is stretching every dollar to keep food in the house and rent paid.

I was sent to MSDF for a PO hold that was placed for a reason that has never been openly established. I was held for tickets from when I got pulled over because of my PO hold. My car was impounded, and because of agent’s delay in speaking with me, I lost my car as well as thousands of dollars worth of clothes and shoes purchased for my kids. Continue reading “James: My family struggles”

Jadon: Animals…get treated better

My name is Jadon, and I’m currently here at MSDF for the reason of missing one appointment and received a 75 day sanction after already waiting 10 days before I got the sanction.

Before I was incarcerated, I constantly called my PO agent explaining I’m trying to reschedule my appointment and that I had a job interview with General Mills through a temp service. But I couldn’t go because I didn’t want to get hired and get arrested on the job when my agent found out about the job. She never got back with me and went on leave, leaving me with another agent who gave me the sanction and made me do it here [MSDF]. Continue reading “Jadon: Animals…get treated better”

Dieon: My life after incarceration

Hello, my name is Dieon. I was sentenced to 30 months for an armed robbery in 2014. I was sent to a correctional facility to serve my 30 months. I also had 24 months on extended supervision.

I was released from prison May 17, 2016. After I released from the correctional facility, things started off pretty smooth. I had family support and things of that nature. As far as working, I was doing 12 hour shifts for Quad Graphics getting paid every week. I finally saved up enough money to buy a 2004 Chevy Impala. I also saved some money to get a one bedroom apartment with my girlfriend.

Continue reading “Dieon: My life after incarceration”

Patrick knows prisons. He says MSDF is bad

My name is Patrick and I started doing time March of 1995. I was 15 years of age and I haven’t had a break in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since. I was convicted of strong arm robbery and was sentenced to a year in Ethan Allen School. The experience was horrible, all I learned was how to gang bang, fight and get over on people. Not one time was my mental health or drug problem addressed. I got out 1996. Continue reading “Patrick knows prisons. He says MSDF is bad”

Bobby: We don’t know if the sun is up or down

My experience at this facility is messed up because of all the bullshit you have to go through just to do your time and to be free again. While other things are going on, your mind, your emotions are high. You pray and hope that your friends and family are o.k. and that nothing bad happened to  them or you have to hear it all over the news.

[In MSDF] everybody is watching everybody… gossip… look in your room trying to sneaky, etc., 24/7 all day, everyday for their  sick twisted games or to be noisy. Then if you get into  a fight here in the facility because of someone else’s bullshit, your going to the hole or catch a case. Then your time here is extended all because of the bullshit game they try to play with you. Continue reading “Bobby: We don’t know if the sun is up or down”