Friday, June 30, 2017

Chad Conrad and others unfairly lose the amplifiers for their guitars, making them voiceless

One of the important tools a prisoner needs is  a way to express his or her feelings in a healthy way. Music is a big outlet. Chad in this well written letter explains that in 2007 the DOC made a rule limiting the instruments prisoners could have but included a grandfather clause that allowed those WITH instruments before the ban  could keep them. Jackson Correctional Institution is not honoring the grandfather clause and has confiscated from Chad the needed accessories that made the guitar make sound. Unlike acoustic guitars, electric guitars make no sound without the "processors or pedals" . Chad explains "it's like taking away the power supply on an electric keyboard- you can press the keys but no sound is heard. " . This is very important - we need to reverse this-

Chad J. Conrad
DOC# 183250
Jackson Correctional Institution
Post Office Box 233
Black River Falls, WI 54615-0233

29631 Wild Rose Drive Blue River, WI 53518
June 26, 2017

Dear FFUP:

       A man should never feel so desolate lest he hack off a few fingers.
       If you are familiar with the movie "Escape from Alcatraz  with Clint Eastwood, you are well aware what a man is capable of if his only means of expressing himself is arbitrarily and maliciously confiscated. My sole form of expression was taken as well.

Here is my story:
       I began a lengthy sentence in late 2000 at the Columbia Correctional Institution ("CCI"). My release date is September 13, 2033. Early in my sentence I decided to teach myself to play the guitar. I purchased a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, guitar processor (pedal), drum machine, and the required accessories with money earned working as a maintenance mechanic at a prison industries job. All of the music hobby equipment purchased was allowable per current policies at the time.
      On July 20, 2007, the DOC implemented a new music hobby property policy--encompassing all prisons--which limit inmates' purchases of new musical instruments to acoustic guitars, electronic keyboards, and harmonicas. More importantly--and most fortunately--the policy included a Grandfather Clause provision. This Grandfather Clause permits inmates who previously possessed any musical instruments and accessories prior to the effective date (7-20-07) of the new policy to retain possession of the items until the inmate's ultimate release, no matter what prison he may be transferred to. That Grandfather Clause was a lucky break for those of us who had electric guitars and other instruments and accessories. I was still at CCI when the new policy went into effect and everything remained status quo.
      In 2008 I was transferred to Stanley Correctional Institution ("SCI"). SCI honored the Grandfather Clause and allowed me to retain all of my music hobby property without issue.
       Disastrously, on June 3, 2015, all of my music hobby property, save my guitar, was arbitrarily confiscated after being transferred to Jackson Correctional Institution ("JCI"). I was told by property staff that the property was not allowed at JCI, yet no reason was given. This did not make any sense to me for several reasons. To begin, the property is clearly grandfathered and has been since July 20, 2007; I've possessed the property at two previous facilities; inmates at other institutions are allowed their grandfathered music hobby property (I receive letters from inmates from other prisons and they tell me the Grandfather Clause is still being honored); and even at JCI there were inmates who possessed the same similar music hobby property that I was denied (in the last several months staff at JCI systematically and arbitrarily confiscated all the accessories for electric guitars along with any other instruments allowable under the Grandfather Clause without any Due Process). I was not told why the property was denied, just that it was and that I should file an inmate complaint.
       I filed a complaint, which was dismissed (rubber-stamped?) all the way to the Secretary of the DOC. At the time when the Secretary dismissed my complaints and appeals, there were still inmates at JCI who continued  to possess the same similar property that was taken from me.
       I filed a § 1983 complaint in the Western District of Wisconsin, case no. 17-cv-418-jdp, citing Equal Protection and Due Process violations of the Fourteenth Amendment. Another inmate has joined the lawsuit because he had his music hobby property taken when he transferred to JCI from New Lisbon Correctional Institution ("NLCI"), where the Grandfather Clause was honored as well.
       A Grandfather Clause is defined as a clause or provision that exempts anyone who enjoyed rights or privileges prohibited by a new law or regulation. Even an agency such as the DOC should adhere to its own policies and procedures.
      Inmates across the state who have been continuously incarcerated since before July 20, 2007, and possess electric guitars, guitar processors, drum machines, and other music hobby equipment not currently allowed need to be aware that although the Grandfather Clause is honored where they are today, it is currently not honored at JCI. If they are transferred to JCI, they will be stripped of their guitar pedal and other accessories, and any other instruments JCI feels they do not need or want them to have. For now the Grandfather Clause is honored everywhere other than JCI, but what about tomorrow? Or next month? Will other prisons follow JCI's lead? Prisoners with this specific hobby and specific equipment need to be protected until their ultimate release from prison--just as the policy makers intended in 2007.
       Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. If you are able to help in any way, please let me know. If there is a way to spread the word of this very important issue, please do what whatever you have to. Also, please, share this letter with others who have interest.
     There is no reason any person- / -prisoner or not--should feel so desolate to harm himself. But, take away his only form of expression and his only outlet, and see what a man is capable of.

Sincerely, Chad J Conrad 183250
JCI PO Box 233
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shavontoe Daniels

Shavontoe Daniels 528858, WCI PO Box 351; Waupun , WI 53963
 Age 25, Birth year 1992/Release date: 7 30 2019
Declaration of Shavontoe Daniels 6  6 17

statement above of 6  6 17 typed:
"Prusing to 28U.S.C. 1746 I declare that the following us tries and correct to the best of my knowledge and personal experience.
I was in cel l cell a=104 for 1-3-1-14-17
How dirty the room was and how cold the room was
Asked for a blanket because it was cold and how they refused me a blanket.
Smock,  Rubber matt things I’m supposed to get while on observation

6 16 17 letter and poem:

Timothy Sidney/ Conditions Solitary WCI

Timothy Sidney 480018 WCI
Birth Year 1988/ out 5 23 19

Complaint: Food trays are denied if inmates not dressed and standing at door. Those on heavy drugs. the deaf etc often miss trays: letter and interview request verifying policy at WCI:

Letter 5 10 17
I write in regards to mental health, my mental health! I been incarcerated a little over 7 years and I’m worst! Long story short 2011 until 2012 I had not one scar on my body, now my body will tell you7 years worth of cruel unusual acts in scars! From 2012 until 2015 I was housed in segregation from Waupun , to Boscobel , to Green Bay, to WRC , back to Waupun! As I write you this letter I’m currently housed in Waupun seg unit on strike, Cause I’m subject to all type of cruelty, aged trays, Impartial Hearing, Excessive force, dirty cell guards, not mental health treatment  for my PTSD, So I cut  a lot for grounding, COR’s here in their seg building, Three COS are putting razor blades, unprescribed pills in my cells even in my observation cell before being placed on suicide watch and I’m sending proof enclosed in this letter ,some people want a way, some want lawsuits , some want revenge, but I just want help, treatment because I go home soon and I don’t want to go home like this, so please reach out because I’m to the point of no return! Another thing I think you should know is I was housed in seg from 2012 to 2015 off ticket for overdosing and cutting and my records speak for they self this is no lie  your reading. The charges was either misuse of medication or disfigurement.  All I ask is that you reach , because I need to be touched. Well thank you for your tine and I hope I didn’t take too much of it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

post one

BACKGROUND in 2014 Center for Investigative Journalism did a series of articles on guard assaults of inmates at Waupun Correctional.
 I had been collecting testimony for a long time and the prisoners were not believed until these articles. Prisoners who had been hiding gave testimony. Here is the first article which links to specific abuse cases.series : As a result of public outrage, the DOC put in some temporary reforms, like having guards wear cameras , but they went away as soon as pubic attention waned. When attention around a year later focused on overuse of solitary , there was another bunch of temporary "reforms" this time  new guidelines allowing no more that 60 days in solitary.Much was said about a new era. One person, a man who has been in solitary for 18 years knew better. Norman Green , or Ras AtumRa Mutawakkil wrote beware of false dawns that same month: .

Now there are the same guards on the floor, and again there is little reporting of beatings and abuses as there is a sense that nothing will ever be done and retaliation is severe for those who complain ,
Here is one typed letter from Patrick Peterson who wrote of an inmate being killed when guards sprayed him with 8 cans of tear gas:( ). He was put into segregation before this letter reached me. Only when our  mail can gain some privacy , can we pursue this matter

Health care generally: 

Health Care

      Health care units in male facilities are overwhelmed due to overcrowding, and aging population, and lack of health care professionals. (i.e. doctors and  nurses) Nearly every the Health services unit (HSU) in the male system is lacking several nursing and physician positions which denies basic medical care. (For example, One OSCI prisoners (Medium prison) writes that there are 2 Doctors for 2,000 prisoners. We have news articles but no exact data yet) There are also many other factors leading to a completely failed health care system in which prisoners wait interminably for care.
     In addition is the issue of the DOC allowing untrained, uneducated corrections officers (COS) to administer controlled prescription and DEA monitored medications rather than nurses( RNs and LPNS) This policy and practice has resulted in prisoners being dangerously overdosed, wrong medications being given, medications not give at all or very late, medication logs fabricated, and medications (narcotics)stolen. In the case of one of our plaintiffs, the guard was fired for stealing prescription meds from this plaintiff and is now facing criminal charges. As to the other issues, one prisoner at Waupun Correctional has documented and exhausted his administrative remedies on nearly two dozen instances of abuse and incompetence in medication distribution, including insulin denials.
William Ledford Plaintiff one and main litigator_
William Ledford-letter is out to him- he will send his documentation and I asked him to write you to let you know of the health part of the class  action- where he is with it as I have given him the plaintiffs stories. I will forward all he sends me to you.

Plaintiff two Jason Brush: lots of issues , the most important for us us the stealing of drugs by the guard- they arrested him and his case points out clearly that guards should not be dispensing drugs. Another issue here is that he was unable to breathe and could not get past the guards to the nurse- they said "if you can talk, you can breathe" which is correct for choking but not for breathing. Lack of professional staff, lack of training for guards and too few guards- lethal.

complaints exhausted:

Plaintiff Three- general health care: Robert Reifchneider: documents coming from friend

Robert Reifschneider #211858, NLCI: Almost beat to death, 30 witnesses and camera yet he was charged  , in coma 4 days, retaliation severe continues now-no treatment, feels in danger for his life.Has completed exhaustion on all. All document s in hands of person on outside, have written for contact info. No problem paying filing fee. Has exhausted all remedies and appeals on all issues except being on ac appeal for which is submitted.also filed a complaint on it- issues: beating, health care,” being in this prison with staff trying to kill me”( retaliation big time)
In the wings:
Joshua Bella'
Matthew Stechauner
Daniel Chipman

Robert Ward:young man Mentally ill harming himself and ignored. Later in “Random cell search legal property, all exhaustion dos taken , tv and radio wrecked=told they were wrecked before. Issue no treatment – deliberate indifference to asking for help in preventing suicide, retaliation for Filing complaint.  on administrative confinement now- not given reason. Says there were 15 transfers to A/C when he came. I did WSPF open  records request, got the names and numbers.

Raynell Morgan - Kamau Damali- Was on administrative confinement for 14 plus years now lives in torture with bugs crawling on him , fear of eating clicks in his head. He is sure the CIA implanted a chip in his head causing the symptoms- I have known this man since I started this work- have what ever we need probably-He write a complaint to the CIA and is getting what he thinks is fierce retaliation. see  complaint and my letters to Madison.
Documents coming:

mentally ill and  long term solitary and AC
Joshua Scolman:

The next two are excellent litigators and have been stuck in seg for years, for Uhuru, 18 years. They are clearly political prisoners. I work closely with them and they have taught me much- will write asking if they want to be plaintiffs after you and I talk.
        Ras AtumRa Uhuru Mutawakkil- Norman Green has filed a petition to end forced feeding as retaliation in court- write is here:
        Mustafa Ajala- Dennis Jones- he wrote the supermax lawsuit


1)Taychedah lawsuit- good  model

photos and plan of mental health unit installed at TCI

 2) Colorado , under Rick Raemisch former WI DOC secretary, does it right-
chart of decline in use of solitary(Chart and other graphs coming)-from article below

Wisconsin watch article co and WI explain wisconsin stuff not true now as reduced solitary time was temporary and the guidelines disappeared as soon as public interest waned. But this is a very good article outlining what CO does and giving us a path:
CO rules to study for what we can use:
this is what they have for really dangerous prisoners