DA: The goal isn’t to say “gotcha”

John Chisholm, Milwaukee County DA, discusses reentry programs and problems on RiverWest Radio:

You should hold people accountable for what they do. But you should not use the supervision period for perpetual confinement. It’s not in people’s interest or the state’s, in terms of how much we spend on individuals who are incarcerated….

And just as importantly, it has detrimental effects in the community itself, which extends to other members of the community who are often dependent on them for income and support. …

The ultimate goal isn’t to say “gotcha” on a rule violation and send you back to prison….What we need to work on is connecting people with the resources they need to help them be successful. That’s not only the most effective thing to do but the best thing for the community – to integrate everyone back into the community in a safe and productive way.

See the full interview and other programs at http://www.riverwestradio.com/show/expo-ex-prisoners-organizing/

 

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”

Day of Empathy Rally Against Revocations

The #CLOSEmsdf Coalition will host a news conference and rally as part of Cut 50’s nationwide Day of Empathy. The rally will build empathy for all Wisconsinites who are behind bars, and protest the unjust incarceration of Ventae Parrow and thousands of others being inhumanely detained on crimeless rule violations and allegations.

On Tuesday, March 6 at Noon members of the #CLOSEmsdf Coalition will testify outside the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) at 1015 N 10th St.

Speakers will include:
Charles Hampton and Sylvester Jackson, EXPO
Bernadette Parrow (Ventae’s aunt)
Ben Turk, Milwaukee IWOC
Ronald Simpson-Bey, Just Leadership USA

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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”