We're asking you to join us on February 5 and on the first Wednesday of every month thereafter until they LET OUR PEOPLE GO!
- 9:30 am- attend the public portion of the parole commission meeting. Public is not welcomed to speak during the meeting, but the more people we have bearing witness, the more pressure for reform will be felt.
- Unknown- the meeting will go to closed session and we will have to leave the room, but will gather outside near the staff parking lot on the south side of the building.
- 12:00- rally and press conference, outside the DOC building on the south side. We will have speeches, signs and chants demanding release of our loved ones as the parole commissioners leave the building.
Talib Akbar- survivor of Wisconsin prison system, sentenced under the old law and released in 2013. Organizer with MOSES.
Davina Jones- fiance and advocate for Anton C. Hudson, currently trapped in Wisconsin prison under the old law.
Tiffany Hollimon- fiance and advocate for Marshawn Venzant , currently trapped in Wisconsin prison under the old law.
Also, please share and invite friends using the facebook event.
- 100% of Tate's office staff left to work for the DOC.
- Steven Landreman, one of three commissioners, who had been there 18 years quit abruptly and now works for the DOC.
- Danielle LaCost announced an intention to resign, but has stuck around for months, making it harder for Tate to hire a replacement and get to work.
- Prison guards and wardens have systematically targeted people before their hearings, giving them unusually strict or harsh conduct reports to jeopardize their release.
- Senator Fitzgerald and other legislators have so far failed to schedule a senate vote to confirm Tate's appointment to parole chair, seven months since he was appointed.
- the DOC's Bureau of Classification and Management (BOCM) has also prevented parole eligible people from gaining security level qualifying them for release
- the DOC's program review committee (PRC) has denied parole eligible people access to programs that qualify them for release.
- The DOC's Division of Community Corrections (DCC) has denied people placement in counties where they have family and a solid re-entry plan, undermining their prospects at parole.
- The DOC and Parole commission have not implemented Executive Directive 31, which allowed the Parole Chair to consider releases for extraordinary circumstances like heath issues or overly long sentences.
- People have been routinely and repeatedly deferred and held in prison for arbitrary and subjective reasons. Deferral reasons such as "not serving enough time for the crime committed" are common, as well as "serving too much time to be suitable for release".
- At the January meeting, Danielle LaCost indulged in repeating insults that her DOC friends had directed at Tate. "Our department has been called a shit-show", she said to Tate, and "you've been called a dipshit."
- Commissioner Douglas Drankiewicz implied he was also considering quitting, saying "I don't want it to be 100% commissioner turnover, too. I don't want to leave, I think I’m good at this job, but..." He warned Tate not to hire from outside the DOC. We expect DOC employees will continue the obstruction and decades-long tradition of confining people as long as possible.