DOC inmate locator site: https://appsdoc.wi.gov/lop/.
Here we introduce you to a few of the men and women who are rehabilitated and ready to come home. There are about 2500 prisoners , all over 30 years old ; over 1000 of them are over 55 .They do not need to be incarcerated and it is a human rights violation of the first order to hold them. But more than that, their release would go a long way to solving the overcrowding problem and resources could be put into programs and treatment that we lack now in our prisons and community. We are not being made safer by the present system for inmates are not rehabilitated- they are generally abused.
We begin with two urgent cases:parents not long to live, these men want most to be with them in their last days.
Scott Howard and James Schuman are both in their 60’S and long ago rehabilitated. They both have ailing parent and their most earnest desire is to be with them in their last days.
|James Schuman( left) with parents. His mother recently died.|
He hopes to get back home to be with his father
James Schuman 335144;
James Schuman plotted to kill his wife during a dark parole period of divorcing- the man he plotted with was government- no one was hurt. He was convicted in 1997 has been in prison for over 20 years and wants nothing more but to be with is father in his last few years. Born in 1950, he is 68 and has multiple health problems. His son’s wife has been battling cancer for years. He has taken full responsibility for his crime. Despite all these factors, he has been denied parole on numerous occasions.
James Schuman's January 2019 update:
|Scott Howard with aged parents|
Scott Howard 164177
|Oakhill Correctional Institution|
|PO Box 938; Oregon, WI 53575|
More about compassionate release for Old law Prisoners:
We did an application for compassionate release for three deserving Old Law prisoners and were denied with the statement that there is no compassionate release for old law prisoners, they just go to their parole board. There is an executive directive that specifically says otherwise. Here are the three:
|Terrance Shaw, now70|
Terrance was another of our compassionate release candidates and is one of the hardest workers I know. He has an opportunity with the Veteran's Hospital to get treatment for the first time for his PTSD and then to take their training to become a mentor for other Viet Nam veterans who are also suffering from this malady. He was one of our compassionate release candidates but was denied. This is another example of the DOC's refusal to take into account the fact that people change.
Ron Schilling 32219
|Ron schillings parole story and much on how parole doesn't work:
Also, this is the
First Blog FFUP did- Ron's parole story and case plus a wonderful introduction to the whole parole mess. on blogger
Case summary, pdfRon's Blogs:
Ron is one of the prisoners We did a compassionate release application for on 12 10 14. Here is the application in PDF form
It is an incredible fact that we have many prisoners from other countries who were eligible for parole many years ago and we ordered deported back to their homeland upon release. Why are we holding them? Families are waiting for them in their own country. Here are two:
JOSE FUENTES 309759;
SCI ;100 Corrections Drive; Stanley, WI 54768
Jose Fuentes is one of many WI prisoners who were ordered deported by the judge upon release from prison. In 2005 Jose had a teleconference with a Federal Judge in Chicago where he issued a deportation order to go back to Mexico. Jose was sentenced in 1995 and has served 23 years of a 40 year sentence. He could have gone home 10 years ago, for pre 2000 statutes say he is eligible after serving one quarter of his sentence.
In his own words:” I have completed all of my required programs.I have seen the Parole Board 8 times, and each time, instead of discussing the deportation order, I am told that they want me to serve more time.
I have the love and support of my entire family who have written several letters over the years to the DOC expressing their support. My sister has a kidney disease and has to go through kidney dialysis every week and I want to give one of my kidneys to her. My father is 80 years old and his health is failing and he needs me to help with the farming."
But after doing everything the DOC has asked of me, it never seems to be enough. When is it time to give up?
And here are his final words to us and we think we should heed them.
"Mr. and Mrs. taxpayer. What about the incarcerated undocumented immigrants? Do you know that you are still footing the bill to keep them incarcerated long after they have finished all their required programs and long after a Federal Judge issued orders for these inmates to be deported. These immigrants should be deported out of the United States and no longer be a threat to society. Instead of deportation and saving Wisconsin taxpayer money, the Department of Corrections and the Parole Board are keeping them incarcerated to serve their entire sentence. Again, to fuel the Wisconsin prison industry and a big waste of taxpayer money."
JOSE GARCIA 305468 SCI 100 Corrections Drive; Stanley, WI 54768
Jose Garcia is another prisoner in a miserable position.
“Throughout my incarceration, I have, and continue to request to participate in any and all programs which will assist me in dealing with the issues which have led to my incarceration. I have been consistently denied.
As I am to be deported to Colombia upon my release from prison, despite the current policies which allow inmates to be deported prior to their release, I have been denied such opportunities. As the process is explained, the Department of Corrections is the final authority to approve the early release and immediate deportation, and without reason, I have been denied such opportunities.
I cannot say it enough, I take full responsibility for my actions, yet, believe I am being unjustly denied the legitimate opportunities to prove myself and no longer be a burden to the State of Wisconsin.
Specifically, if I am eligible for parole, as I currently am, how is it I am denied due to the fact I have not completed the required rehabilitative programs, when such programs have been continuously denied by the Department of Corrections? How can I be denied due to insufficient time served, when current laws has permitted for review for early release? If such laws provides for me to be deported prior to serving my sentence, why not allow me to return to my country of origin? Is their any fiscal or ethical way to justify keeping me in this State, costing the average taxpayer 30,000 a year when Colombia will accept me back, as one of their citizens? How can I be of any threat to the citizens of Wisconsin, when I am deported?
I understand the need for justice and to protect Wisconsin residents, yet, how is this accomplished by not providing the programs it requires of me, or refusing to allow me to return to my home country?
I humbly ask for nothing more than what the law provides, I ask to either be allowed to take the rehabilitative program required of me or allow for my deportation.”
Lene Cespedes Torres 122605NLCI Box 4000, New Lisbon, WI 53950
Lene came here at 16 on the Mariel Boatlift and lied about his age, changed his name from Lenin to Lene. He knew little of the language and was convicted of murder soon after, in 1981. He has always maintained his innocence and has been a model prisoner. In his case, with a life sentence, he was eligible after about 13 years- since 1994- AND the judge ordered deportation upon release.
His family awaits him in Cuba.
WAIVED INTO ADULT COURT AS JUVENILES
We now know the injustice of sentencing a child to life in prison and the supreme Court is deciding crucial issues on this matter.. The brain is physically not developed to think long term, to understand consequences. There are many prisoners in WI who were sentenced as youngsters and received incredibly long sentences- many need to get back to court to get sentences reduced. Others just need parole. These petitions will help build public pressure . Please sign.
here is a blog of many more juveniles waived into adult court and now mature
Jerry Curry given 135 years at age 17!!
254136; CCI, PO Box 900; Portage, WI 53901
Jerry was waived into adult court at 17 (1996) and given 135 years
He was also diagnosed with a mental illness and is now 41; birth year is 19/77
Served 23 years this far. His MR date is 2086 and has not seen the parole board
He was convicted of attempted homicide , robbery and attempted robbery and has completed HSED and a vocational college course.
He has a verifiable support system.
“I was waive into adult court at 17 and been in prison ever since.
I am 36 and no where near the same person I was 18 years ago.
I’ve did every program and took every class asked of me by the
judge and the DOC . Now I am basically just sitting here doing
nothing but after 18 years what more could I do? I have a binder
full of diplomas with no one to show them to.”
Was sentenced to 135 years at age 18. .
Andre Bridges 248420 FLCI PO BOX 200; Fox Lake, Wi 53933
Was a juvenile when He committed his crime. He foolishly fired into the air trying to stop a fight . This incited not the quiet he hoped for, but mayhem and someone was killed. Andre was severely depressed when first in prison and is not a changed man. His fiance awaits him and he deserves a second chance-
Here is his blog: http://andraebridges.blogspot.com/
Andre entered the system as a Juvenile, 6 days after he turned 16. He was charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide-party to a crime, and was waived into adult court and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole until the year 2037. He had fired a gun into the air during an argument between gangs, hoping to defuse the argument and instead it escalated and 14-year-old Corzette Vance was killed. Andre claimed responsibility but no one knows who fired the fatal shot.
Andre states: “I have never made excuses for my actions and I never will. Many may wonder, how dare I plead for a second chance at life after standing accused of taking the life of another. Well, it's because I truly believe I have earned a second chance at the life I never had. I plead for this chance with a clear conscience. I committed my crime when I was very young--I am not the same person I was when I got arrested. In the nearly 23 years I've been incarcerated I have gained a real appreciation for life and everything it has to offer. I have not only accomplished everything that was asked of me but I have volunteered to participate in programs that changed me for the better. My prison record indicates positive adjustment with good work evaluations, as I have used my time productively.”
Andre has transformed himself since that day. He came to prison with serious mental health problems and a history of being abused; he has since written an autobiography and become a helper to many other inmates. Not only has he completed an impressive list of programs, been employed as lead food server, dishwasher, administrative clerk, segregation janitor to name a few, he has many certificates, an Associates Degree in Theology and LVA tutor training, and over 600 hours of community service.
Andre's final words:” However, I pride myself most on my personal and spiritual growth, and having had the opportunity to participate in the Reach Out Program once facilitated at Columbia Correctional for 10 years. This program gave me the opportunity to educate and mentor at-risk youth. I am blessed with an outstanding support system and a loving fiancée I'm planning a life with. I have drafted an extensive release plan and will present well to potential employers upon release. These factors, together with my level of maturity, labor skills, and desire to give back will significantly reduce the likelihood of me ever re-offending. The community does not need protection from me!”
click to read on pdf: At The Hands Of His Mother- Why we tend to throw our lives away; a worse case scenario -
Andre's Writings on his blog
Shulbert Williams, 258920; SCI, 100 Corrections Drive, Stanley, WI 54768
a juvenile offender deserving of a second chance:
He was waived into adult court at the age of 16 , convicted in 1994 by jury trial of PTAC (party to a crime)felony murder and armed robbery and burglary and given a total of 100 years with parole after 25 years.
Hayes describes himself and his position best:
“The type of person I was before my arrest, I was more of a follower. I was peer pressured into a lot of things by friends. I was always a good kid but got hooked up with the wrong crowd. I was a giving person with a big heart, I was always making people laugh even when I knew that they were going through a difficult time.
I was with this female who I gave my heart to and thought that it was likewise, a young married couple as everyone seen us to be. Then I got jammed up with the other two in a robbery and in the process of that one of the victims got accidentally shot and died from the fatal shot. I did not know anyone got shot because I was in a different room. Long story short all I could think about was my girl who lived downstairs with our kids-what have I done-one thought- the second thought -if I got this money she wouldn't need anything. She was my rock and I would have done anything to make her happy.
While being in prison I have gotten my HSED, stayed away from conduct reports, looked at things a lot different through the way the victim felt if it would had happened to someone I loved.
I have become a man who is patient, respectful, understanding trustworthy, someone people would love to get to know if given a chance. I see more deeply into things than many people who were not shackled by my inhibitions. I have learned a lot to take back into the community and help the younger kids who are going down the path I ones went down. Please don't let the word “prison” define who they want you to think I am.”
Tommy Thames 297592
Tommie's story and Parole decision and in pdf file.
Jeffery Keeran 385507; OSCI, PO Box 3310; Oshkosh, WI 54903
Born 1980, now 39. Was convicted 1st degree intentional homicide, armed robbery and armed burglary committed when he was 17, When arrested in 1998, Judge sentenced him to life with parole 2023 (25 years), Has “quite a few” minor tickets when first incarcerated.3 major tickets all non violent. Has completed 2 vocational trades and is currently a tutor in the cabinetry class. Anger management and AODA need but PRC says he has too much time left and have to wait till he gets to medium. Completed “Challenges and Possibilities” and is now involved with 2nd phase of program called “step up to the challenge”. I am a Christian and I give credit to God for the changes he has made in my life and for the man i have grown up to become. The judge did not consider that he was a juvenile when he committed his crimes.
Truman Anderson #309865
RGCI; PO Box 925; Red Granite;WI
I have been incarcerated since the age of sixteen for a crime I committed nineteen years ago with two other teenagers. In March of 1995, we went to the house of a man who was known to be in possession of marijuana Our intention was to rob him of the drug but the evening did not turn out the way any of us would’ve imagined.
The lengths Wisconsin is going to prevent parole-eligible inmates from going home.
Are Wisconsin's remaining parole-eligible prisoners being refused release
based on criteria that is not consistent with statutory law or
administrative guidelines? The level of disappointment these inmates and
their families must feel every time their impending parole date
approaches. These hearings no longer involve legitimate consideration for
release. Instead they have become little more than a date when the parole
commissioner will show up to their assigned facility to formally justify
their recommendation for continued confinement. The actual discretion that
was once used in deciding whether or not to grant parole has been abandoned
in favor of predetermined deferments, that have been conferred amongst
the commission, in the absence of the prospective parolee. These practices
have resulted in perfunctory hearings where the inmate is present, as they
serve no purpose other than to justify the decisions made earlier amongst
themselves. continue on his post....
NEVER TIME ENOUGH SERVED
Robert R. Taylor 181190
Kenosha Corr Cen
6353 14th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53143
Born, 1954, now 68. Sentenced to 50 years in 1998 for robbery, no one go hurt.
He was the driver. Has been in prison for 20 years. Has son who just finished
high school and is still waiting to get to know his father.
Recommendation from Prison recreation leader
data below is from 2015-update coming
age when -arrested 41/ age- now 61
4. Convicted of, party to a crime of armed robbery
Reason for denial:release at this time would involve an unreasonable risk to the public, and You have Not served sufficient time for punishment.
"For twenty years I have been nothing but a model prisoner, I have never been to Segregation, I have in the twenty years that I been incarcerated 1 Major ticket and that was stopping another inmate from fighting me. I have taken and finish all recommended programming and more, I have held a job and went to school for 19 years. when is enough, enough? I am not justifying my crime, but fairness is something that I have not,gotten, my two co-defendants both got ten years they went into the bank, I was the driver, no one got hurt, and both of then have been home for 16 years and I am still stuck in prison. I am told that I have not served enough time, how much time is enough?"
Bryant Johnson 130677,
Born 1965, sentenced to life , incarcerated since 1997
This story is a heartbreaker for this is one of the most positive and giving men I know. He continues to try to prove his innocence and a big obstacle has been that his lawyer lost the only free copies available of his court records and the court is unresponsive to his request that they help him get new copies. . Slowly family is helping him pay the $1.25 fee per page to get these records recopied. When I contacted Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP) to see if they could help advocate, I was told they are under the same rules. The records are old and not on data base. He believes once he has these he can go through the procedures used to convict him, a youth who knew nothing, and the faulty lineup and the abusive interrogation and all the rest point to the proverbial “railroad” justice. http://oughttobefree.blogspot.com/2008/04/bryant-johnson.html
Born 1965, sentenced to life , incarcerated since 1997
Bryant has been eligible for parole since 2011. He is a model prisoner.
Antoine Murphy 363399;
Red Granite Corr Inst; PO Box 925; Red Granite, WI 54970
Black and Smart
RE: SUMMARY OF PERSONAL CASE
Age when crime committed: 18 yrs ( 1999 convicted)
Convicted of: Attempted Homicide;party to armed robbery;possession of THC w/intent; use of a dangerous weapon
Length of sentence: 75 yrs
Years in prison to date: 17yrs , 9 months
How many Parole hearings/reasons for denial: N/A
Programs,Courses taken and other evidence of rehabilitation:
Anger Management;Tutor Training ;Grief Support; Financial Literacy;Project Citizen ;Restorative Justice;Vocational Printing,Communications,Baptized;Attended 2 prison fellowship seminars;Emmaus Correspondence School;Source of Light Schools;Little Lambs Graduate;Heart Cry Basic Bible Study Course;Men of the Bible Study;Truth Project Study;Not a Fan Study Christian Basics Study;Anger Control Study;member of "set up" crew for Church;currently enrolled in Shalom Seminary roughly 50 credits away from obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Ministry.
I have been published in THE UPPER ROOM & a poetry anthology entitled WARRIOR POETS.. And just last month
I sent my very first book to a publisher:E-Couragement from a Prisoners Pen.
Paragraph regarding self:
"For the most part my coming of age in prison has led to my actually LIKING who I AM! See my crime stemmed. from my not being ok with my natural identity (NERD). Yeah that's me! So as a NERD 4 Jesus I'm ok with being picked on & ostracized. Now I can keep going in the face of my peers taunts of "stop acting white..." Yes,it's ok to be Black & smart. Praise God. So,all these many years later here I AM embodying the Judges advice to "use your God-given intelligence to go far in life."
Even so, being who I AM,I came to realize that my own rehabilitation isn't about obtaining the most accolades. I graduated high school & was an Honor Roll student before I came to prison, even skipped half a grade & have well over a hundred "awards & certificates" from school. That was then..."