|Columbia Correctional Institution|
On October 22- a sergeant named Fitz called a Black man “boy”. The man responded by attacking Fitz, leaving him “severely beaten”. The facility went on lockdown until Oct 25.
On November 8- a CO or sergeant named Sainsbury (spelling uncertain) was stabbed during program services. The facility has been on lockdown and people inside deprived of basic rights and the fundamentals of human dignity from November 8 to the date of this writing (November 21).
No hot food. Instead, three times a day people get “the same bag meal... asmall bag of chips, one sandwich of one very thinly sliced piece of meat, one slice of processed cheese, piece of fruit, carrots, and a cookie or other small bakery item.” On that diet people are rapidly losing weight.
No commissary. People are not allowed to purchase food to supplement the bagged meals.
No clean clothes. Laundry service is suspended and new clothes cannot be purchased.
No showers. November 17, nine days into the lockdown was the first time captives were allowed to take a shower.
Property ordered from commissary prior to the lockdown is not being delivered.
No phone calls.
No supplies, including complaint forms, state issued soap and toothpaste.
|Art from inside a WI DOC solitary cell by DaRen Morris|
The person who sent us the warden's memo also said that in his 25 years of “banishment [he doesn’t] recall any… lockdown being as depriving” as the one that began November 8. Another contact named Jimmy Baldwin, who works as a barber wrote “it’s a psychological warfare going on here… a lot [of people are] trying to resist this attack on their mental psyche [others have] been broken into submission.” Being a barber, he sees many people and hears their complaints, and says "I have become stressed listening and witnessing the abuse… this administration here is part of the problem.”
One reform Fessahaye and Carr are pushing is the creation of an “internal affairs” division to look into complaints. Wisconsin used to have an ombudsman who worked for the Governor and investigated complaints against the DOC. We and other organizations suggested the position be re-created at a meeting with Evers’ staff in March of 2018. Instead of this independent oversight, the new Internal Affairs Division will maintain a system where the DOC self-regulates. In short, the official pace of change in the DOC has been set not by the urgency of the humanitarian crisis caused by overcrowding, but rather by the emotional comfort and white fragility of staff, including the most belligerently racist and sadistic guards.
|Uhuru as a young man before incarceration|
Please contact the people mentioned in this article.
Incarcerated at CCI:
Columbia Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 950
Portage, WI 53901-0950
Ras Uhuru Mutawakkil
228971 (N. Green)
Also see his art and writing at Facebook.com/prometheuswrites
Incarcerated at OSCI:
P.O. Box 3530
Oshkosh, WI 54903-3530
DOC and Government contacts you can write or call demand the lockdown be lifted and staff conduct thoroughly investigated.
2925 Columbia Drive
Portage, WI 53901-0950
Administrator of DAI
P.O. Box 7925
Madison, WI 53707-7925
(608) 240-5104 Office
3099 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
Governor Tony Evers
PO Box 1879
Madison, WI 53701