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Intro: it is hard to pick a place to focus with the case of Ron Schroeder for from his conviction thru to the latest- re-incarceration there is absurdity beyond anything I have seen in my many years at this.
But will start with the latest injustice- Ron has been re-incarcerated for a very petty rule violation. His agent has been obstructive throughout, nixing all offered housing placements and putting on restrictions that would have ended a less determined man's release chances., But Ron got a job and was well respected at it and was doing fine. He is now in jail and has been revoked, will probably soon be back in prison. contact through this email: RonSchroeder firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Press Releases- lawsuits filed alleging Parole agents
falsified records in order to get revocations
Parolee Jailed/Imprisoned For Paying Child Support
Reaching a new low,
Dept. of Corrections Officials have put a parolee in jail and recommended he be
put back in prison for 2 ½ years for paying his child support.
Released from prison May 2017, Ron Schroeder quickly
obtained a residence and job. In Aug. he filed formal complaints against his
parole agent, Kimberly Malone denied Ron’s written requests to visit his
elderly and disabled mother. The day after filing his complaints Agent Malone
asked Ron if he was paying his child support.He said he called the agency to report his employment but was unsure if
they were taking it because he didn’t get the paystubs. The next day Agent Malone
obtained Ron’s pay statement from his employer, saw the Child support
deductions and issues a warrant for his arrest. The warrant alleged Ron Lied to
Agent Malone-that he told her he wasn’t paying his child support when in fact
Not to end there,
Agent Malone and her supervisor Jason Popp have asked Administrative Law Judge
Andrew Riedmaier to order Ron back in prison for is 2 ½ years, which he did.
Ron has filed a civil rights lawsuit against <alone And
Popp in the Federal Court.
Meanwhile, Ron’s daughters and mom are deprived not only of
their loving and caring father/son but also the financial support his daughters
are entitled to.
Parolees Ron Schroeder and Solomon Armstrong have filed
federal lawsuits alleging their parole agents have falsified their revocation
papers in an attempt to put them back in prison (Schroeder V, Malone,
17-cv-1676 and Armstrong V Faber, 18-cv-112, E.D. Wis., available on Pacer.gov.
Ron’s agent, Kimberly Malone, put him in jail after learning
he was paying child support (she claims Ron told her he wasn’t paying it,
effectively lying to her) She recommended Ron be put back in prison for 2 ½
Solomon’s agent, Melissa Faber received information he had a
cell phone-something not restricted and therefore no contraband-and search his
apartment. The law requires parole agents have “reason grounds” to believe
their clients possess contraband before they may search the residence.
In 2016, DOC – in response to WIs Statute 301.03)(3) (a)-(c
)started using a new revocation process. The new evidence based response to
violations makes it more difficult to revoke. However Agents Malone, Faber and
others have been falsifying EBRV papers so as to put fathers, sons, brothers,
husbands back in prison-at taxpayers’ expense. Ron and Solomon hope to bring
this abuse of agent power to an end with their lawsuits.
Ironically, in 2017 Senate Bill 30 (at Sec.9129) the
Legislature ordered an audit of DOC’s Compliance with Statute 301.03 (EBRV).
Complaints may be emailed to email@example.com (please
copy RonSchroeder firstname.lastname@example.org)
But the real absurdity lies behind all this to Ron Schroeder's conviction:
He was convicted of initiating sex with his sleeping wife as second degree sexual assault. NO LIE - judge's comments below:
1)Court documents on conviction for trying to initiate sex with his sleeping wife
Two Suicides : a guard, an CCI seg inmate/ Two opioid overdose deaths at CCI Gangs targeting native Americans for extortion
1)From Norman Green, Uhuru 228971 CCI
This morning, at approx 3:36 am., a prisoner or AC over on this range HU-7 B-31 committed suicide. Enclosed is our collective input on what going on. I’m not certain you will even receive this. But I need someone to type this article and circuit it to everyone and send me six copies once its proof read. Let me know you got it immediately so I know. Otherwise I’ll have to keep writing and sending it. When I don’t have the energy and my hand seem to be getting worser.
Before this happen they actually got a court order to forcely medicate him. The Warden, he said, told the court they needed the order to stop him from doing this. He felt like he needed to do what he claimed they lied to the court about, as if they had planted the seed in his head. Someone need to file a open records on these deaths its been a few since I’ve been here. As all due to the conditions. The fact that no one don’t care or paying attention it will continue to happen. People need to make noise. They created this hopeless milieu- they feed us less, take all our money, disrupt court access, keep us in the oppressive hole for years, lie to us, beat us. I’m aware of at least 3 or 4 deaths since I’ve been here. Attempts are made every week though. Let me know you got this. Uhuru out.
PSYCH Incinerator at CCI claims another victim : http://solitarytorture.blogspot.com/2017/09/psych-incinerator-at-cci-pushes-another.html
2)Guard commits suicide: this is all I got: from the new email kiosk:prison is Stanley.
HARLAN RICHARDS (37975); SCI
Monday at 8 am
9 18 17 10:53 AM
For those who are interested, Stanley is currently on a modified lockdown. It started at about 9 am Sunday. I won't speculate on the reason for it so that this message does not get blocked. I'll leave it to others to follow up on this. Meanwhile, I don't have to go to work so I'll spend the morning drawing. TTYL
9/21/2017 6:41:01 AM
The modified lockdown ended Tuesday morning. A guard killed himself on Saturday night so they shut down the prison Sunday morning. I don't know why. It makes no sense, it had nothing to do with the prison.
4)Gangs target Native Americans
Extortion of Native Americans at WCI by gangs as guards stand by and do nothing
Cody Long 558710 and Mathew Garcia 302643; more names of victims coming
Letter to warden etc: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/c-long-and-m-garcia-gangs-to-doc-sen-9-19-17.pdf Letter to warden and Secretary Litscher , above , is pretty self explanatory - Beatings, stealing and forcing them to write families asking for money-(all native Americans are rich, is the commonthink.) One of the big problems is that the Both victims are trying to restrain from fighting because it just puts them in seg which is a horror to them. Cody is mentally ill and has worked very hard to get out of solitary/Is now not coming out of his room for fear of being beaten if he does not fight and has missed many meals- Is on hunger strike to protect himself. In letter I ask for feed in cell.. Mathew is just getting out of seg and is terrified of having to fight and just get put back.
It appears as though the guards are in cahoots with the gangs- they have stolen stamps I sent and have sent him a slip saying the docs I sent him,( which were his documents being returned )were contraband. Lots of letters to authorities do nothing. According to Cody , they make no attempt to hide their shenanigans, telling he should tell his people to send more than one pack at a time (implying if he wants any)(And used “their broke ass” in reference to his family). I am sending him stamps through his roommate who is a good cellie. He wants a ‘red tag cell and food brought to his room. Has turned down one offer to move him that was a pot luck offer- he treasures this short time where he has a cellie he can trust and wants to make sure the next place is better.
This will highlight WI prisoners who write FFUP asking for help with transitioning to the outside world. Most are truth in sentencing (TIS) prisoners and they get almost no while in prison or after release and are often shuffled back into prison with the policy of reincarcerating for non felonies, Even minor rule infractions can trigger reincarceration.
If you would like to help, Please contact Peg Swan ;608-536-3993; email@example.com.
Mentors Needed. 1)Release date 11 26 18/ Robert Ward 515599 WSPF , PO BOX 9900; Boscobel, WI 53805 Born 1990, Robert Ward is 27, mentally ill, and struggling hard to make it through his time in solitary. He is one of
the many that had his diagnosis changed from serious(MH 2) to non serious(MH1 )
and was moved to WSPF. He has requested treatment at WRC but has been denied , they said
because AC prisoners cannot go to WRC, which my research shows is untrue. Robert has
developed a phobia about being around people and is afraid that without help his stay n the free
world will be short. Thinking of learning boxing to help him vent his frustrations once he is out.
He has no violence in his CRs
and there is no justification for him being on AC.He is upbeat and intends to make it- Would be much helped if he could have a corresponding friend/mentor.
most recent addition:Robert Ward's latest submission: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/robert-ward-for-blog2-17.pdf
release Date:9 14 17: Jarvis Gordon 551848;WSPF PO Box 9900. Boscobel, WI 53805; Birth Year 1996 . needs any job in Kenosha;Typed from February 1st letter
“I don’t know why they put me on AC because I was in Green Bay and they told me I would be getting out of seg september 19th 2016 but in August of 2016 they put me on AC when I was going to get out of seg Boscobel put me on. And don’t want to take me off. But on the support (my question-do you have any support for after you are released?)- not really and right now it’s looking like I will be released to Kenosha County. Can you help me get a house before I get out. If I can I would like to keep you up to date? August 5th I got to Boscobel – I was 19 when they put me on and I been down from February 2013 and have not got one program given me. You do what you want with this.”
(Missed this one- not sure I gave him my phone number- sending card hopes they forward it.)
Release date 10 25 17: Michael Pugh 615180, GBCI PO Box 19033, Green Bay, WI 54307;birth year 1995( he is 22,),release date 10 25 17
These CO’s is doing us inmates wrong. I got placed in the hole because cellmate got caught with porn. One of the COs asked me to pat search me and I let him while I was talking to CO Wickman. Another person came from behind and grabbed me by the shoulder roughly. I turned around and got in a fighting stance because I thought that it was an inmate that grabbed me like that. All the correctional officers rushed me to the all and hand cuffed me and I didn’t do nothing wrong. And in the rule book correctional officers don’t supposed to put they hands on an inmate unless they say it’s okay. The white shirt here gave me a 60 DS (disciplinary segregation) time in the hole with no half time and I did do nothing wrong.
Not only that but in seg us over here don’t even get rec or go to the law library. They always make excuses that they busy but don’t none of these correctional officers even try to make sure we get what we got coming. And what’s so crazy we get oatmeal bread and peanut butters damner all the time for breakfast. They can’t even feed us inmates enough to keep us full until lunch time. Ever since this warden came here everything been going downhill. They’ve given us a 60 for 3 Ds and 3 Ds ain’t nothing but cell confinement or loss of rec. They don’t even give us face towels when its shower time in segregation. They don’t even have cameras in the hallways or they don’t even do 30 minute rounds and come and check up on us inmates and make sure we’re alive.
One time I didn’t have my inhaler so I had to kick me door and I was kicking for four hours before they came and seen what I wanted. I try to ICE ( file with Inmate complaint examiner) these things but I know my mail is being messed with because I wait months and months before I have to just write another one. But I got so tired of they B.S. I just stop writing them altogether. I really do appreciate the stamps because I’m all by myself in here and don’t have nobody doing nothing for me. It be very hard at times for me to get hygiene because I don’t have no money. Other inmates be having to give me things. All my family is gone so when these correctional officers do things to me I just try to keep my cool.
But trying to do that all the time is not easy that’s why I be segregation so much because I don’t let nobody disrespect at all. Sometimes I feel like giving up on life because I don’t have nobody who love me and it’s very hard in here but Allah knows I’m trying so hard. I don’t have a tv or radio so that’s why I just stay in segregation.
I just wish I had a family who loved me and would do things for me when I need it most. Bless you, you are a special person and I wish I had a mother like you who can love me.
Michael Pugh 615180 GBCI PO Box 19033, Green Bay, WI 543075)
Release date 10 13 18/Cody Long 558710;WCI PO Box 351; Waupun, WI 53963;Born 1992(25), to be released 10/2018
Cody Long is a 24 year old kid sitting in solitary confinement in Waupun Correctional. In his first letter below he explains he belonged to a tough elite group and tell how he got where he is now. He is writing hoping to find someone that will help him keep sane. There is no treatment or training here, another example of our completely dysfunctional system which neither rehabilitates nor keeps us safe. We can help him over-come the obstacles by showing him what true friendship is for. I don't think many of these kids know, or have experienced love or caring that doesn't have a dozen strings attached.
Update 9 17: having particularly hard time keeping his cool with increasing harassment by guards and gangs. Env ordered for him , for example, we confiscated as “contraband.”
Release Date 6 11 19 Brad Grossman 394775 WCI
Brad Grossman has two years to go and asks for help with transition/going to Walworth County which “ has a lot of rich people and really nothing to help out criminals”. He is looking for legal help with health problems- has loose joints almost like double jointed throughout his body-pain numbness back and shoulders cramping etc. Wants to file lawsuit against prison for no help. letter scanned.
Letter 9 5 17:trying to set up some kind of release network as has noone outside, Want to apply for SSI and wants rules that parolees have to follow- hears that they have to be subjected to lie detector tests. Very much want to get started preparing for release now.
Darryl Nelson 551868 CCI;1st letter: release date 5 8 19/many ideas for when he is release-wants to start a program with the youth. Working on SHTY program for last 5 or 6 years and feels he can help and wants to give back. Reaching out because he knows noone in WI.
2nd letter 6 2 17:just had birthday- my letter came at right point. “Caught case” in Milwaukee. Mother and sister are in Milwaukee but he just met them in 2007 and got locked up in 2009. Dad is in Philadelphia but doesn’t know him either. Locked up at 21 yo- now 30. Says doesn’t want people to feel sorry for him cause he has done enough of that himself.
-asking for a little help.
Release date: 07/23/2018; Deshawn D Lay 587580; GBCI PO Box 19033; Green Bay, WI 54307
Born 1987; Letter in June says he is working on getting placement for probation changes.
Needs contacts /corresponding.
Release date: 11 11 17; Roberto Santana Acosta Mendez 387065, WCI;Birth Date 1982. Native American
(July letter I did not get to answering)-
Asks for help with jobs, wants pictures of family uploaded
Not specifically asking for mentoring If there is someone
who would want to correspond with him, I will contact him. Has 2 kids.
UPDATE 9 17 on injunction:"AAG filled a motion to dismiss and I defeated his crap. I submitted a supporting brief and it is now the AAG'S turn to respond and then it is mine. Judge Shelley l. Gaylord seems to like making her own words as law. "Randall Mataya Injunction was filed in court April 13th; 2017. The injunction is in Branch 6, Dane County Circuit Court, Judge Shelley Gaylord, presiding: Marcus Kerby V. Jon Litscher, 17-IP-18,
latest from Injunction architect: "We got the informa pauperis approved and the suit against them will move forward. The court also ordered the sheriff to serve the defendants. We should get a hearing soon. The Judge is Shelley Gaylord, branch 6.
download template of injunction: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/1-1-arandall-k-mataya-injunction.pdf
Randal Mataya' s Instructions in the Newsletter:
This From Randall Mataya, architect of the suit:
First off, a legal action, such as an injunction, seeks to stop a specific act of the DOC. It is initially a "temporary' situation. The court looks to the body of the petition to determine if we have raised sufficient facts to get it to order a temporary injunction. It then schedules a hearing at which all evidence is put forth, arguments made and the court then decides whether to make the injunction permanent or to end it.
Now, here is where it gets a bit complicated. In order to get that injunction, I alleged that the DOC enacted a policy called 309.45.02 that is in direct conflict with State laws. Now, the injunction is sought pursuant to 813.02 Wisconsin Statutes. However, because I am challenging the validity of 309.45.02, the court must construe 309.45. 02, as a D0C rule, which calls into the equation, 227.40, Wis. Stats. which is a Declaratory Judgment. This DJ is required by the statute, the legal procedural rules for challenging a rule of the DOC. So, in the injunction, I quote declaratory judgment as part of our legal action, combining an 813.02 and 227.40 proceeding since both are in play. Its complex. However, if we prevail, it will make the DOC stop taking everyone’s money etc. That is why I said everyone needs to relax and let this legal action progress to its end to see what happens. EVERYONE, TAKE CHILL PILL!!!!! ha ... ha.
In the declaratory judgment portion, you will see I named those entities that have to be notified, i.e. the joint committee for administrative rule review the Attorney General and the DOC Secretary. These people all had to be served with a summons and petition, by the Dane County Sheriff. $42.00 per person served! The filing fee is $129.50. Its all coming o t of the release account.
We never know how a court will act. It should obey the law and if it does, we will win this legal action. In your john doe, the court said the inmates could file certioraris. That is true. HOWEVER, any decision on certiorari,wi11 only apply to that individual inmate that filed it. Certiorari is the worst way to go. Declaratory judgment is legally required..
We allege 309.45.02 is in conflict with State law and-that law is 973.045, 973.05, 973.06,and.301.32. We do not make any challenge to 2015 Wis. Act 355. This act is not retroactive and thusly does not affect anyone sentenced prior to July 31, 2016. That 309.45.02 policy is being applied illegally. 50% deductions across the board. Act 355 does not say it is retroactive-so there is no valid reason to attack it. That 50% language all stems from 309.45.02 and the DOC has taken to citing 301.32 as its guiding light. That is stupidity on their part. 301.32 only got amended to allow "restitution to be paid by the inmates. 301.32 does not do anything else.
The DOC could legally take 50% from new inmates sentenced after 7-31-16. It chose to take it from everyone, which would make 355 a retroactive act. But, since it isn't, the DOC is abusing its authority, As usual. This should answer all questions. No need for anyone to file anything right now. It’s being done. Randall Mataya
This is a Motion which they must file with their Court they were Convicted in so they put the County in which they were Convicted and Sentence and their Criminal Case Number, where they see:Case No._______, and their name goes where they see: defendant, or, defendant/Complainant.
I. RGCI inmates submitted an injunction. Here is case info for lookup: 2017IP000018/04-13-2017/ Dane/ Marcus J Kerby XRE vs. Jon Litscher If it wins it will help all. Here is Litigator, writer's latest statement:
INJUNCTION’S IN. WHAT NOW?
Suggestion from injunction writer
Here is the explanation you seek for the newsletter. First off, a legal action, such as an injunction, seeks to stop a specific act of the DOC. It is initially a "temporary" situation. The court looks to the body of the petition to determine if we have raised sufficient facts to get it to order a temporary injunction. It then schedules a hearing at which all evidence is put forth, arguments made and the court then decides whether to make the injunction permanent or to end it.
Now, here is where it gets a bit complicated. In order to get that injunction, I alleged that the DOC enacted a policy called 309.45.02 that is in direct conflict with State laws. Now, the injunction is sought pursuant to 813.02 Wisconsin Statutes. However, because I am challenging the validity of 309.45.02, the court must construe 309.45. 02, as a DOC rule, which calls into the equation, 227.40, Wis. Stats. which is a Declaratory Judgment. This DJ is required by the statute, the legal procedural rules for challenging a rule of the DOC. So, in the injunction, I quote declaratory judgment as part of our legal action, combining an 813.02 and 227.40 proceeding since both are in play.
Its complex. However, if we prevail, it will make the DOC stop taking everyone’s money etc. That is why I said everyone needs to relax and let this legal action progress to its end to see what happens. EVERYONE, TAKE A CHILL PILL!!!!! ha ... ha.
In the declaratory judgment portion, you will see I named those entities that have to be notified, i.e, the joint committee for administrative rule review, the Attorney General and the DOC Secretary. These people all had to be served with a summons and petition, by the Dane County Sheriff. 42.00 per person served! The filing fee is 129.50. Its all coming out of the release account.
We never know how a court will act. It should obey the law and if it does, we will win this legal action. In your john doe, the court said the inmates could file certioraris. That is true. HOWEVER, any decision on certiorari will only apply to that individual inmate that filed it. Certiorari is the worst way to go. Declaratory judgment is legally required. We allege 309.45.02 is in conflict with Stat-law-
and that law is 973.045, 973.05, 973.06,.and 301.32. We do not make any challenge to 2015 Wis. Act 355. This act is not retroactive and thusly does not effect anyone sentenced prior to July 31, 2016. That 309.45.02 policy is being applied illegally. 50% deductions across the board. Act 355 does not say it is retroactive so there is no valid reason to attack it. That 50% language all stems from 309.45.02 and the DOC has taken to citing 301.32 as its guiding light. That is stupidity on their part. 301.32 only got amended to allow 'restitution" to be paid by the inmates. 301.32 does not do anything else.
The DOC could legally take 50% from new inmates sentenced after 7-31-16. It chose to take it from everyone, which would make 355 a retroactive act. But, since it isn't, the DOC is abusing its authority. As usual. This should answer all questions. No need for anyone to file anything right now. Its being done.
Randall Mataya 86187, RGCI Here is above statement in PDF form:
II . FFUP's John Doe was submitted in February and was dismissed mid April. With it was 22 complaints by prisoners. Tony Merriweather has submitted and template for appeal but this is untenable as FFUP is overwhelmed and the injunction is the better route.