the lockdown continues and may go on until Jan 1.
A man in RHU died due to medical neglect on December 3.
Abuse continues, including restraints on disabled people.
The investigation supervisor refused to let Ledford have a private conversation with a County Sheriff who came to investigate.
Sgt Sansbury received a serious head injury and has retired with disability benefits.
The administration is building a “bubble” around the area Sansbury was working to prevent incidents occurring again.
Guards are threatening to walk off the job, though this doesn’t seem to be an AFSCME-led action.
Nate's first letter:
We're on lockdown, again, as the CO/Sgt "Sains-berry" (spelled phonetically) was "pushed," on Friday 8 Nov. 2019. Sains-berry is notoriously foul mouthed, yells at prisoners, follows them around to make sure their shirts are tucked in; i saw him stare at a prisoner insultingly/aggressively, with contempt, for over a minute, as I waited to see Dr. Dixon-Bauers (a psychologist). The guy's loud about how he's going to retire in some months, seems like he wants to leave w/disability benefits. EVERYONE has a story about how he insulted or harassed them.
- The INEFFICIENT USE OF STAFF (eg: allowing Sansbury to chase prisoners around to make sure their shirts are tucked in)
- housing MENTALLY ILL prisoners on units not equipped with staff trained to effectively deal with them, UNDERNIAGNOSING such prisoners, & TREATING THEM PUNITIVELY, which aggravates their mental health,
- and conditions, such as: keeping all prisoners in our cells over 22 hours a day (if we don't have a job or a pass, we're stuck in our cells - there's no adult education, few programs only 45 minutes of indoor rec. 5 times a week during winter) with nothing to do but watch TV (and, unlike at every other WI max-security prison, CCI restricts the channels they relay to our cells to 13)
Turley v. Rednour, 729 F.3d 645, 651 (7th Cir. 2013):"Turley's Eighth Amendment and conspiracy complaints concern continuing actions. The nature of his allegations are that prison officials repeatedly and regularly imposed lockdowns for improper purposes, and with each continuing day and period of lockdown,Turley's injuries increased."
- medication (on 9 Oct, first shift, Sgt. Brideau denied everyone on my range their meds b/c Stephen Brown didn't stand for 11:10 AM count; later, the 2nd shift Sgt. threatened to deny guys meds for not standing for count -- ICs will be filed);
- showers, even medically prescribed showers, all denied;
- clean clothes;
- supplies (e.g. Inmate Complaint -- ICs -- forms, medical & psych request slips, toothpaste, soap);
- hot food (all we've been given is cold bag meals, bologna sandwiches a total of approx. 14,000 calories/day);
- medical & mental health appointments;
- recreation -- we're stuck in our cells 24/7;
- phone calls;
- property (anything ordered for/by us from catalogs isn't delivered);
Dec 4 update from William Ledford:
Dec 4 email from Nate (excerpts):
First, below is an exact copy of:
MEMORANDUMDATE: November 15, 2019TO: All CCI InmatesFROM: Warden NovakSUBJECT: Institution Lockdown
As most of you are aware, we remain in lockdown status. As we continue to evaluate recent events in the institution, we appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time. We realize that not everyone was involved in the recent events, and we are working towards restoring privileges when we can, and when it can be done safely. Starting this weekend, we will be getting people out for showers and provide clean clothing.
If you need to place money on your account for kiosk use, submit a disbursement to the Business Office. If you are approaching a court deadline, please notify the court of the current situation and use this memo as supporting documentation. There have been recent questions about television stations received at CCI. There has been a disruption to our normally available channels due to an antenna replacement project that the City of Madison is completing. They predict that all channels should be restored sometime in December. Also, our internal institution information channel is not working--parts are on order and when we receive them, repairs will be made.
As we evaluate our current situation, we will be reviewing the potential for additional showers and phone use next week. We are tentatively reviewing the possibility of restoring visits beginning Monday 11/25/19 and will provide notice when that is confirmed.
As we work through this process, we continue to evaluate information, concerns, and issues that have been brought forward by many of you. This process takes time, and there is no designated end date at this time.
Second, below is an exact (typos intact) copy of a notice:
DATE: December 2, 2019TO: CCI Inmates and StaffFROM: Karla J SouzekManagement Services DirectorSUBJECT: Pay during Lock-down (lock-down that began on November 8, 2019)
During the lock-down pay is suspended EXCEPT for inmates who worked during the lock-down. Those inmates will be paid for actual hours worked.
Here are some regulations concerning the lockdown @CCI, to help you understand how it's illegal. (See my explanations on that point, in brackets, under each regulation. Within each rule my clarifications are also bracketed.)
The duty of the warden at any Wisconsin correctional facility isoutlined in State Statutes, Chapter 302 and one of those duties ismaintenance of order. There are times when they must imposerestrictions so that they can assess the safety and security of all.The Warden may suspend or modify institution operations andauthorize a search of all or part of institution premises. The actionstaken by Warden Novak were appropriate based on thecircumstances and she exercised her authority, as allowed bystatute. A lockdown is usually lifted gradually -- resuming function-by-function -- to assess inmate behavior and ensure there's nofurther violence.]