Sunday, June 26, 2016

By Marvin Wilson :WI Parole Board is Profitting from Crime

By Marvin Wilson 297343 ; NLCI PO Box 4000; New Lisbon, WI 53950
The majority of Wisconsin's 22,000 prisoners are not parole eligible. Only about 2,700 are old law prisoners. And there are only 6 parole board members that deals with them. So by continuously deferring old law prisoners 4, 6, 10, or even 20 years past 25% of their sentence, the parole board members are giving themselves job security. In my case, by giving me a 24 month defer, parole board member Emily Davidson, gave herself (or one of her colleagues that I may have to see) 2 years of job security
Like most old law prisoners that I know, I'm not a troublemaker. For one I'm innocent and not supposed to be in prison in the first place. Yet I've still completed programs that challenge the mind and provoke thought - i.e. CGIP, Anger Management, Rational Emotive Therapy, Self-Help of Wisconsin, Challenges and Possibilities and Restorative Justice. I was in the B.R.I.C.K. program mentoring troubled youth that was brought into the prison. Kind of like a Scared Straight program. I've had, what is called, good jobs where I had a lot of responsibility and staff believed in me. In the main kitchen in GBCI, I was responsible for ordering all the meat for the institutions meals for 1,200 people each day for a year and a half. I worked in maintenance hydro-testing fire-extinguishers. This is a hard and dangerous job that I learned on my own by reading the manual. Now you have to be certified to hydro-test. I handmade filters for the prison's ventilation systems. There were more jobs. My point is, the people that I worked for gave me a chance and I rose above the nay-sayers expectations. So why wont the parole board give me (us old law prisoners) a chance so I (we) can rise?
I believe the parole board is profiting from crime. They keep people in prison, not for the alleged crime or because it wasn't sufficient time served for punishment but for money. They get a nice salary simply from deferring release.

Kathleen Nagel $37.78 an hr. $78,580 a year
Steven Lundreman$28.47 an hr. $60,356 a year
Danialle LaCost $25.20 an hr. $53,428 a year
Doug Drankiewicz $28.95 an hr. $61,370 a year
William Francis $28.70 an hr. $57,391 a year
Emily Davidson $23.93 an hr. $59,540 a year

These numbers are from 2013. 4nd they get this yearly and is able to maintain a middleclass life style on the basis of denying parole. In 2005 1,146 people were let out on parole. By 2013 it went to only 152. This is the thing, the parole commission, and those that profit from crime, seen that it was only about 3000 old parole law prisoners left in the system, and if they continued to parole by the thousands, they would be out of a job. So they stopped parole based on non-existing factors. Remember, it was only about 2,700 parole law prisoners. If these 2,700 were paroled today, these 6 parole board members will have to find new employment to maintain their middleclass life style.

The matter is not about the crimes or the alleged crimes committed. I believe crime must be punished. But what this Wisconsin parole board is doing is denying parole to keep a good salary. Because it's not like they are denying parole because these guys are the same as they were when they first got to prison. They have grown, matured and are not who they were 15, 20 or 30 years ago. So holding them is not about punishment anymore. It is to keep the 2,700 parole eligible prisoners in prison just so the 6 parole board members can have good paying jobs.

So is it about punishment, corrections or profits? The crime was punished by sending the person to prison. And sufficient time served for punishment was when they met 25% of their sentence.  always sufficient time served for punishment only until the number of parole eligible prisoners started getting low. Some people took pleas with hopes of getting out at the 25% mark. But the parole board has a different standard after these pleas were taken. Most of these guys are not troublemakers, have a decent prison record, have supportive families, are remorseful, want to help the communities they once hurt - they have made corrections in their lives. But yet and still the parole board keeps deferring their release. If the above is true, then the parole board has no real reason to deny parole other than they are profiting from the punishment i.e. making a livelihood by keeping changed people in prison only because their sentences was long but they could have been out at 25% had the parole board member not be profiting from crime. The public has to demand a change.