We are now organizing these posts by facility where the news is coming from.
From other facilities:
From someone held at Oshkosh CI:
From someone held at Green Bay CI
And here’s one from a staff member who commented on an online post.
As the secretary of the department of corrections for Wisconsin, he exerts a lot of power and influence and is therefore responsible for making correct choices. I just started working at a prison in late January and I have been absolutely appalled at the lack of communication and how slowly it comes. people that are familiar with the DOC are telling me it's the norm but it's unfortunate that it's the norm during this time. Now thankfully I have found out that the prisoners at my institution are given soap and are not having to pay for it and they still can go to rec, etc, just in smaller groups. A lot of the prisons are run even worse. And the fact that we didn't have enforced social distancing of groups fewer than 10 until a few days after Evers announced it shows you just how slow they act. Pressure does need to be put on him.
[Clarification on soap: before COVID-19 different security levels allow different amounts of soap from the state. Some people get little hotel-style bars, which is not enough if the DOC is restricting showers and requiring people to take “bird bath” showers due to lockdown. In administrative segregation, people get far less: little plastic ketchup-style pouches, and not enough to even wash hands once daily. We’re hoping that, in this epidemic they give more soap than usual, especially to people in seg.]
The illogic of Stanley CI’s Response to COVID-19 by Harlan Richards
Partial quarantine and 4 sick people moved from OSCI:
Hey FAM hope all is well . I just wanted the masses of those who care to know that I am in Oshkosh Corr. Inst. In dorm X and I has been placed on quarentine since 4:17 pm Saturday March 21st.2020. We are not sure if the four guys taken from the dorm has covin-19 or not , but nothing is coming in or going out of the dorm and some guards that work over here said they are taking vacation now. Personally I am doing fine.
Tuesday 4:43 pm
After closing down visits, today a group of 6 people were toured around at 12:45. And as precautions the receiving and orientation unit has been shut down and emptied to be used to house anyone that might get sick. Even though we have a newly built fully functioning infirmary( that has never been used due to not having enough staff to run it.)
Just thought I would catch you up.
I predict that the Coronavirus will be our Bubonic Plague, and millions will die before a vaccine to treat it is discovered... Once it begins to spread within the DOC, I expect that inmates will be placed on lockdown and because of this virus' ability to go airborne for several hours, it will spread easily from inmate-to-inmate. I don't foresee staff working in such an environment and risk taking this virus home to their family, so the National Guards will have to be called in to police the prisons. The cost of treating thousands of inmates who will become infected over time will be astronomical as will the death rate. The Secretary of the Department of Corrections may be forced to use SAR just to control the spread and avoid effectively sentencing people to possible death. Right now those of us who are out on work release are still being permitted to go to work but I don't see that continuing for very long. I can't foresee how long we won't be allowed to see our families, could be weeks, months or years! But, it would be clear: this pandemic will impact EVERYONE in various ways. I don't know many families who Incarcerated people speaking on the COVID-19 pandemic. can afford to forego a weekly paycheck indefinitely, but I will be pulling for everyone. Good luck. ♥_______
Earlier today the DOC suspended all visiting to all facilities until further notice. Some facilities are locked down and I suspect that will happen here as well in short order, particularly since Pres. Trump just issued a national emergency. I think that things are going to get messy within the DOC/prisons for an extended period of time. Y'all take care, be well and stay safe!_______
Note to friends: DON'T LISTEN TO YOUR PRESIDENT, BE CAREFUL. BE PREPARED. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN, ESPECIALLY AFTER TOUCHING SUCH THINGS AS DOORKNOBS THAT ARE TOUCHED BY OTHERS. SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS PANDEMIC.