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.

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.

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.