"WHAT PRISON TEACHES" by Harlan Richards
Harlan has blog with us: Case for Parole, and is also on Between the Bars Blogging
DarRen Morris #236425;
CCI; PO Box 900
Portage, WI 53901
Darren Morris, waived into adult court at aged 17, was mentally ill and has made great strides
Tommy Silverstein 2-13-030-L 14634-116;
USP Max ;Box 8500; Florence, CO 81226
Tommy Silverstein is a most famous prisoner because he has been one of the most isolated.
He stabbed a guard while in prison. He still works on getting into general population, hoping
someday the authorities will see he is not the man he used to be, that people do change. See his
incredble art below and in blogs linked.
View blog Meet Your Prisoners-a real potpourri
LaRon McKinley 42642; WCI
Its not that I don’t trust to write you a bio about me.
Its just that I don’t like ( not ashamed, just not comfortable
with)my past. I am tired of being judged by it. Every day or
every hearing I have ,every opportunity, every reminder that
someone in a Doc suit acts toward me that I am too dangerous
to sit out in a lawn chair with them or their family, or with
anyone, and drink a soda or watch a sports event. They are
rubbing my past in my face. And so I am tired of it, tired of
being reminded of it or thinking of it as I already have a
trillion times as it is what has reaped me this dismal existence.My artwork shows the beauty at which my mind’s eye gages
and judges and I want others to see what I see and feel in their
subjects and judge me on that measure.
Ron Schilling has two blogs. He is a musician-
a guitarist and fine singer and we invite you to listen to him
on utube:Utube link:
system which gives a excellent primer on the parole fiasco
Ron Schilling essays;
Tony Merriweather, fine artist, litigator who helps others(above)
Many inmates have no access to colors, they are given only a pen nib. Tony did these while he was in seg, using some
creativity to get color into his pictures. this pictures were included in letters
PO Box 925; Red Granite, WI 54970
He now spends most of his time helping other inmates with their law cases.
NLCI, PO Box 4000
New Lisbon, WI 53950
Marteze Harris, introduces himself and begins his blog
other essays on this blog:
Congratulation,you graduated,but no one will call your name.No,there will be no role call,no acceptance speech!You did not finish school or make the deans list. There was no diploma, you just simply graduated. Sad,, no mother,no father,no brother,no sister. No one to cheer your name. What for? No one came to honor you, "CONGRATULATIONS, for your GRADUATION"!
"Who do you think you are to receive such a prestigious award? You only survived a household of trama. There is no blue ribbon because your father left you at an early age. You don't get a courageous of the year trophy because you survived the family secret and your mother's shame. That at the hands of someone you trusted. They, did awful things to you."Ha" you think it noble ,there is no B.A. there is no master's degree.
For your degree's are third degree burns ,that runs from your face to your torso. From hot grease being thrown on you because your mother says every time she looks at you, she see's your father. A mathematician, never saw that in your future, and besides that you are too dumb for that, at least this is what everyone is telling you. You want to be a mathematician? Well solve this problem, One mother on crack. Plus a father who is not even a part of your life, which really is a minus, divided by drugs alcohol, dropping out of school. Equals committing a crime, ending up in prison or dead.
Yeah "CONGRATULATIONS" as you look into the mirror ,and you have come to hate him that stares back at you. Because now you believe everything people said about you. No you should not have low self esteem. Suck it up! didn't they tell you real men don't suppose to cry. But this boy who is only 11 years old says to himself I am not a man. But he is indeed a man ,but the only thing he can remember was when he was this boy. Now at 30,he is still stuck at 11.CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GRADUATION.
For this time you have made a stand ,from being powerless ,to being powerful. You are honored for your silent courage. You are praised for your resilience .Not backing down from when life smacked you around. CONGRATULATIONS. Because you GRADUATED ,from a school that had no dreams. The teachers have all failed you, but you passed .Not because of some book that told you this, or you felt that you needed validation from someone else. Or some paper acknowledging mere accomplishments don’t even seem to suffice.
No "CONGRATULATIONS you GRADUATED". Because you choose not to stay in a box ,you did not make excuses.You choose not to allow your past ,to say who you are in your present .So I think that I should CONGRATULATE you on your GRADUATION. There is no need for a cap & gown, be proud of who you've become. Hold your head up and stand tall ,smile for the camera. You made it. not how other's think you should have, but you made it......
"CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GRADUATION......
Essays by Quentin Ward:(below)
sweatlodges and generally guiding younger prisoners.
SCI 100 Corrections Drive
Stanley, WI 54768
Jerry Price 171022
Lorenzo Balli, in seg, ,mentally ill and so wise. Like many people entombed in our prisons, he would probably be a real help to us if he were out here and much of his mental illness is induced or enhanced by his inhumane conditions.
Lorenzo Balli 238265
GBCI; PO Box 19033
Green Bay, WI 554307
|Lene Cespedes Torres, artists, stranded from Cuba;(below)|
|Lene was waived into adult court as a juvenile , a youth recently immigrating to this country from|
Cuba. He still maintains he is innocent of the murder he was convicted of and has long been ready
Lene Cespedes Torres #122605
NLCI, PO Box4000
New Lisbon, WI 54307