“I just transferred from a warzone at WCI to a blood bath at CCI.”
2) been sexually assault 14 times since being here by RHU staff.
3) I am hearing impaired and it took me 9 months to get 1 (not 2) hearing aids. They searched my cell in June and took my hearing aid, saying I would use it to harm myself (a lie). They refuse to give me a second one.
I am only 20 years old and i was sentenced to 3 years in prison and 3 years on supervision. I have been in Lincoln Hills from 2013-2016. I was there for all the abuses and mistreatment and it ain’t got nothing on the abuse and the mistreatment that go on at CCI. Like just 10 days ago I self harmed and was placed on observation when i self harmed it was Friday after dinner i self harmed two times Friday- Monday, so Monday came and PSU staff came to see and she said do to my over the weekend self- harmed incident she was going to keep me on observation now me and her had this conversation at 7 o’clock in the morning and at 3 o’clock, another PSU staff released me off observation when the first PSU extended my placement for 24 there was no way the 2nd one was supposed to release me so I kept telling the white shirt that i wasn’t in the right state of mind and that I was going to try and kill myself and like at CCI. They do what they always do and keep walking or just ignore you i cut my arm open and cut a vein and went to the hospital and got 6 stitches and when i came back the same psu that released me off observation said I “just want some attention.” I continued to self harm, was placed on control status = not observation. The difference is there is no monitoring and no psych staff comes to see you. “ I wrote this incident up and is going to file a lawsuit I got so many incident where i was abused and mistreated but when inmate file complaints it get shot down and its like our voice never get heard outside of this institution its feels like this is a self - governor prison it is crazy living life in this hole in this institution . I have 13 months into I go home. I go home June 20 , 2020”
- Follow the lawsuit settlement made for the Women’s prison in Taycheedah- A former DOC Psychologist who works with us tells us the treatment center at TCI works well. All people held captive by the DOC deserve access to therapeutic treatment on request or when diagnosed. The treatment center should be staffed by mental health professionals and operate with complete rule changes. The settlement agreement in the Flynn case can serve as a template.
- Investigate the changing of diagnoses from MH1 (serious) to MH2 (not serious) in the WI DOC- According to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, in 2015 Deputy Secretary Cathy Jess ordered the reevaluations of the mental health classification of the most seriously mentally ill people in solitary confinement. This was part of a push by the administration of Gov. Scott Walker to limit the use of solitary for inmates with serious mental illnesses and to improve conditions for inmates there. Since that order came out this “cure by diagnosis” has been used to facilitate the punishing of now “malingering” prisoners for self harm (under the “not serious” classification a person can be subject to more time in seg, more abusive condition standards, and indefinite segregation time under AC classification). They are also denied treatment at the Wisconsin Resource Center. Social workers do not refer people with reduced diagnosis to organizations like DOES and OARS (non-profit organizations that help released people with seriously mental illness). These organizations all require referral from the DOC social workers to help soon to be released inmates.
- Increase transparency and accountability around solitary confinement- We need an investigation into who is on AC in the WI DOC: why they are there and the due process given in their continued placement. Also, we have reports of a large uptick in AC placements at CCI, these without due process or real justification. The newly won class action Indiana lawsuit on no due process with AC (ISBY-ISRAEL v. LEMMON et al; 2:12-cv-00116-JMS-MJD), gives us all hope and should push the WIDOC to get its own house together.
- Support people being released directly from
solitary confinement- Revocation of newly released solitary prisoners is almost
assured. This is a particular problem with people sentenced under TIS.
They get out on a certain date, ready or not, and few “make it”. They are
pulled back into an endless no-hope cycle. Here is a listing of SOME of
the recently revoked prisoners FFUP is working with who spent years in
solitary before release: Timothy Sidney, Bobby Coil, Michael Pietila,
Tommy Carter (in revocation process now), Louis Keys ( in revocation
All were released without treatment while in prison and got very very little support while out. Most state they were revoked for minor infractions, misunderstandings or false accusations. Community supervision agents have few tools to really help people with reintegration. They tend to be non-supportive and eager to revoke. When FFUP makes efforts along with other nonprofits to help the newly released, agents react negatively, often thwarting or making advocacy or basic assistance very difficult .
- Create and support an independent group to work with people before release and quickly connect them to support systems upon release- Much concern is voiced over the danger of releasing prisoners. Those sentenced under the old law are continuously denied release, regardless of supportive families and arrangements. Meanwhile, people sentenced under TIS are released from torture in solitary confinement without support, endangering themselves and others. FFUP has been researching the POPs program in CA and think it would be a good template for WI. In that system, volunteers do research for specific soon-to-be-released people, seeing that they get housing, job placement and government aid as is appropriate. Also, people need to be able to apply for DOES and OARS support directly, without going through their social worker. Many are given no help because of hostile relationships with social workers in the DOC.