A little seg History: ABUSE by Guards at Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) seg unit revealed in Wisconsin Watch report :
Finally there is a real chance to get the nearly three thousand parole eligible prisoners home. These are men and women who were sentenced before truth -in sentencing became law in 2000, before the big prison boom and deluge of federal money that made it profitable to stop parole and hold these eligible prisoners as long as possible.
FOR HISTORY OF THIS MESS
View FFUP May 2014 report on mechanism of parole, history and one simple way to get parole rules changed
Now we have help- big help from the interfaith coalition WISDOM> their well organized 11X15 campaign will help us again strike a balance between punishment and rehabilitation.
FFUP , of course , is part of this effort, joining in the wisdom phone conferences and specifically with our SECOND CHANCE group -This is families and friends of prisoners meeting weekly by phone conference aiding in grassroot organizing an supporting each other. .
Here are some links to find out more.
WISDOM press release demanding that the governor UNSTICK PAROLE-
(also at the bottom of this post)
How you can help and get to know these old law prisoners by blog
BLOG OF PROFILES OF WISCONSIN'S OLD LAW PRISONERS IN PROGRESS
download and pass out our petition
Sign our online petition
WRITE THE GOVERNOR!! tell him you support a second chance for old law prisoners.!
Download and print our sample letter to governor
Call or email to help or learn more:
contact SECOND CHANCE: 29631 Wild Rose Drive; Blue River, WI 53518; 608-536-3993; firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact WISDOM: 3195 S. Superior St. Suite 310, Milwaukee, WI 53207;
BELOW IS WISDOM'S FEBRUARY PRESS RELEASE:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1. For a report of the number of prisoners currently in Wisconsin institutions who were sentenced prior to 1/1/2000 (when parole was part of the sentence);
2. For the Governor to order the Parole Board and the Department of Corrections to work cooperatively to make parole possible for all prisoners who were meeting the conditions and expectations placed on them by their judges;
3. For the Governor to order a review of each of the cases of parole-eligible inmates before the end of 2014;
4. For the Governor to appoint an independent 3rd party “ombudsman” to conduct a thorough review of the system as it pertains to this population, and to issue a public report.
If you are interested in being right there with the action and like grassroots work, Join SECOND CHANCE- a new group that meets by phone conference. Email me if you want to learn more about SECOND CHANCE.
Right now it is families and friends of prisoners but all are invited. We will be educating the public with petitions and pamphlets, radio interviews and everything we can think of. We will challenge the constant demonization of prisoners teach compassion and forgiveness . We will see that the public is educated on old law issues, that they understand that people change. FFUP at 608-
CALL FFUP at 608-536-3993 to join or for more info. We meet by free phone conference weekly.