See whole blog of parole ready Old Law prisoners: www.parole cases.blogspot.comcom
a look at some of our our Old LAW prisoners:
Kim Szemborski: in prison so far for 28 years, for armed robbery in which no violence occurred. Has exemplary record, received a parole recommendation in 2011 which was later denied.
|Kim Szemborski with person he hopes to make a life with once out.|
Kim S. Szemborski
Gordon Correctional Center
10401 B. County Rd. G
Gordon, WI 54838-9029
Age when sentenced:
33 years old
61 years old
Convicted in 1988 of:
Armed Robbery, 1 ct. (no violence);
False Imprisonment, 3cts. (no violence);
OMVWOC, 1-ct.; and
view parole decision as pdf file
|Verlin walker as part of the PDCI sand bagging crew|
Marshall E. Sherrer Correctional Center
1318 N. 14th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205-2596
Antoine Murphy: Black and Smart
Antoine J. Murphy #363399 June 23,2015
P.O. Box 925
RE: SUMMARY OF PERSONAL CASE
Name & Number: Antoine J. Murphy #363399
Prison & Address: Redgranite Corr. Inst
P.O. Box 925
Age when crime committed: 18yrs & 60 days
Convicted of: Attempted Homicide;party to armed roberry;possession of THC w/intent;& use of a dangerous weapon
Length of sentence: 75yrs
Years in prison to date: 17yrs & 9 months
How many Parole hearings/reasons for denial: N/A
Programs,Courses taken,& 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..._________________________________________________
sign his petition:
Rufus West; "Lutalo" 225213
Green Bay Correctional Institution
PO Box 19033
Green Bay, WI 54307
Lutalo is one of the thousands of Milwaukee Blacks who were swept into prison at the height of the prison boom. He was given his harsh sentence as an " habitual criminal" after being charged with stealing a purse. Later, he was sent to the Supermax after testifying in court to the abuse and death of a prisoner near him. He won a lawsuit against that establishment and that lawsuit caused the discontinuing of one of their more egregious policies. He has transformed himself , works constantly for justice and is an inspiration for many. He has been an important counselor for FFUP.
See his blog:/http://vanguardsofjustice.blogspot.com/
his stats:born 1971(now 43) ; Incarcerated 1991; Been in prison 22 years; crimes see below:
Andre Bridges 248420
Fox Lake Correctional Institution
Po Box 200
Fox Lake, WI 53933
Andre has been in prison since 1992, when he was waived into adult court as a juvenile(16). He had killed a man. He is now 38, is engaged to be married. He has matured and is eager to give back to society. Below is his summary of his parole status and his original essay "At the Hands of his Mother"-an incredible story.
see his blog at: http://andraebridges.blogspot.com/
Latest campaign update 2 14: Andre asks if we are fighting for his release in our old law campaign. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole at the age of 16. The answer is YES- juveniles sentenced under these unjust law will also finally get fair hearing. See our juvenile blog for latest supreme court rulings on juveniles.
" As you already know, I am a parole eligible lifer who entered the system as a juvenile. However, my parole eligibility date was extended. Therefore I'm considered an old/new law prisoner. The "new law" aspect comes into play because in 1989 the law which had parole eligibility dates set at 13 years and 8 months for individuals sentenced to life was changed. That change gave judges the ability to set parole eligibility dates to wherever they saw fit. Needless to say, in 9 cases out of 10, one sentenced to life got his parole eligibility date extended well past the aformentioned standard of 13/8.
And so, in 1992 (at the age of 16) I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole until the year 2037. My question to you is this. Are prisoners like me included in this "old law/parole eligible" campaign? Or, are you all looking for specific old law prisoners? My hope is that the campaign DOES, in fact apply to all old law, parole eligible prisoners, regardless of sentence structure. Should that be the case, please accept this letter on behalf of all the old law or old/new law lifers in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections."
click to read on pdf:At The Hands Of His Mother- Why we tend to throw our lives away; a worse case scenario -
read as post
Randall Toth 180498
RGCI;PO Box 925;Red Granite, WI 54970
Randall was sentenced to life in 1999 for first degree homicide, which then meant, with good behavior, he would be released on parole after 13 and 1/2 years. Has completed all the required programming he can get into, however there is no AODA programming at the prison he is it and he was denied the bakery vocational program. He has completed many voluntary programs and has 30 college credit under his belt. He has strong family support .
letter to FFUP explaining general situation, programming need and lack of access
Harlan Richards 37975
Harlan Richard's crime was unpremeditated and will never be repeated. He is 60 and has been in prison for 30 years.. He has continuously shown himself to be is a man deeply spiritual and an asset to all those around him. He writes beautiful poetry -recommended reading:
Harlan Richards Books at Prisonsfoundation.org
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here is his data and story:
Harlan Richards 37975
I was involved in a spontaneous fight in 1984 where I stabbed a much larger man to death. I spent 8 1/2 years in maximum security and 9 years in medium security. I obtained a bachelor of science degree in business administration from UW Platteville majoring in marketing in December 1997. I completed anger management in 1994.
In 2002, I transferred to minimum security and in 2005
I transferred to a work release center. I spent 19 months on work release. In 2008, the parole commission increased my defer based on my current offense and prior criminal record and sent me back to a minimum security prison. In 2010, I received a shorter defer and returned to a work release center where I drove a state van unescorted over 30,000 miles throughout northwestern Wisconsin.
In 2011, the parole commission again increased my defer based solely on my current offense and prior criminal record and I was returned to medium security where I have been housed since January 2011.
WI OLD LAW PRISONERS
Inmate name and number Harlan Richards 37975
current prison (initials) s . c. i
birthdate January 17, 1954
age now, 60
offense description Stabbed a much larger man in a spontaneous fight causing his death. He attacked me without provocation.
age at arrest 30
years in prison so far 30
date of incarceration November 3, 1984
A&E Assessed program needs None. A few years later added anger management which I completed in the early 1990s.
parole eligibility date January 1996.
Number of parole deferments 16: 3-24 mo. , 4-11 mo. , 3-10 mo. , 1-12 mo. 1-11 mo., 1-8 mo., and 3-12 month defers in that order.
official reason for denial/deferment Unreasonable risk to the public and have
not served sufficient time for punishment.
verifiable support system(for after release)? Yes, a place to stay, a job offer and
adequate funds to get started.
do you need help finding placement ? No.
family and /or friends able to help? YOU? Numerous family and friends waiting for my release so they can help me.
San Golden Gilbert 299928; OCI, Po Box 938, Oregon, WI 53575
Click on link below to read their story, in Elexis' words.
Sangolden Gilberts accomplishments and certificates
Born in 1987, is now 37. Was sentenced to 40 years for armed robbery, party to a crime. No shots were fired, No one hurt. He has served 15 of those , He was parole eligible first in 2009. Here he is with his fiance' Elexis and her daughter. He has full family support.
Coming: radio interview with his mother
Click to read his parole data thoughts on it on pdf
Jim Schultz 8151;
Stanley Correctional Institution; 100 Corrections Drive; Stanley, WI 54768
Incarcerated 1986 for homicide/his story in his own words
eligible after 13 1/2 years and has been in 36 years/
Although he has paid for his crime and is eligible for parole, Jim Schultz is still trying to clear his name Here is his innocence post of many years ago:
Jerry Curry 254136; CCI, PO Box 900; Portage, WI 53901
Jerry was waived into adult court at 17 and give 135 years
He was also diagnosed with a mental illness and is now 36, birth date is 12 /19/77
Served 18 years this far
Attempted homicide , robbery and attempted robbery
Has completed HSED and a vocational college course
MR date is 2086 and has not seen the parole board
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.”
Nancy Ezell 333049 TCI
below, view our compassionate release application , submitted 12 10 14, for here and three other old law prisoners. We are still waiting for a reply.view our compassionate release application
Ezra Martin 214336;
Born 1972, is now 42 . He recieved a 30 year sentence for a nonviolent drug offence; has been in 16 years so far. He worked under work release for over three years, is still denied parole. Here is his statement:
“ I am well into my 16th year of incarceration on a 30 sentence for a non-violent drug offense (POCS w/ITD - cocaine). I have been minimum security-status four 4 1/2 years. From November 5, 2010 to May 20, 2013 I worked outside of the prison in society under work release/community custody/indirect supervision status. During that time period I saw the parole board 7 times (two-6 month defers & five-5 month defers) and was denied parole each time.
At the time of my last hearing in February of 2013 I had been working in society without incident for 28 months, but was denied parole for reasons stated that I had not served enough time and that my release at this time would present an unreasonable risk to the community. I asked the parole commissioner 'How much time is enough?' and she stated that she 'Did not know.' I asked her 'How can they justify claiming that I am a risk to society when I have been working in society around civilians for 28 months?' She was unable to answer this.
While it is true that I was on parole at the time of my arrest, it is also true that this is unmitigatable factor, meaning that there is no way to alter or mitigate this fact. So if I did my entire 30 year sentence the fact that I was on parole when arrested would still be true. There aren't any institutional programs that I can take to negate/nullify this fact. This was just being used as a convenient factor to deny me parole. And still is.”
since 2006 all A&E programs met;
Parole eligible since 2005,
has had 11 deferments;
MR Date is 2019,
Max date is 2029
Ron is one of the prisoners We did a compassionate release application for on 12 10 14. Here is the application in PDF form
He is one of the first people I met doing this work and is indicative of the waste of present policies. He has been going to parole hearings since the late 80's. He was a Viet Nam veteran and on a destructive path after the war so prison may have saved his life , but he is a changed men and he continues to grow spiritually and helps all those around him . The waste that this man is not among us in heartbreaking .Here is a recommendation for parole written by a volunteer writing teacher
Read his story of a drug deal went bad,written a few years ago .
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, done recently pdf
Ron was convicted when a life sentence meant 13 and 1/2 years. He has been to the parole board many times and ironically was granted parole by former parole chairman Leonard Wells, only to have it whisked away a few weeks later. Mr Wells was fired for paroling too many prisoners. Now there is no more federal money pouring into our prisons and old law prisoners are becoming expensive in health care. NO Federal dollars pay for their health care- no medicare or medicaid. Time to release old law prisoners like RON Schilling. He still has good years to live and deserves them.
Essays by Ron SchillingStanding Bear: Frederick Spence 132827
SCI ; 100 Corrections Drive; Stanley, WI 54768
FEBRUARY 2014: WISCONSIN INNOCENT PROJECT (WIP)WRITES LETTER TO PAROLE BOARD IN STANDING BEAR'S BEHALF
to write Standing Bear:
Fredrick Spence #132827
WCI ;PO Box 351 Waupun , Wi 53963
to see his blog click here
(DOC documents at end of post)
(Standing Bear is at viewer's furthest right, kneeling on one leg in picture)
Great news!!!!! Wisconsin Innocent Project (WIP) has taken Standing Bear's case. Because DNA evidence was too old to prove innocence despite much other evidence casting doubt to his guilt, WIP recommend's standing Bear's immediate release. Click here for their letter.
Gregory Miller 051300; OSCI; PO Box 3310; Oshkosh, WI 54903
Although after all these years, Gregory is eligible for parole he is still trying to clear his name. Here Gregory Miller states his case for Innocence
Here is his parole information:
1. Name and Number: Gregory T. Miller #051300
2. Current prison: Oshkosh Correctional Institution
3. Date of conviction: October 13, 1995
4. Offense description: 1st Degree Reckless Homicide - Party To A Crime - 40 years maximum.
5. A&E Assessed program needs: AODA, Domestic Violence, Anger Management, and Vocational.
6. MR/PMR date: June 28, 2021
7. Original parole eligibility date: October 27, 2004.
8. Number of parole deferments: Five
9. Official reason for denial/deferment: Did not take AODA program and sometimes not enough time for severity of the crime.
Do you have a verifiable support system: YES!
PO Box 3310
Oshkosh, WI 543903
Terrance is another man who has devoted himself to self improvement. Mr Shaw has his own blog showing his efforts over the years to rehabilitate himself. I am convinced that this man had PTSD when he committed his crime . He is a Vietnam War vet and was very ill before there was a name for it.
Terrance Shaw's Letter to the governor (pages are backwards on this -start with 2nd page-will change soon)
I flush the commode
And watch the contents swirl down
Like all the hopes and dreams
Of what my life could have been.
Bryant Johnson 130677,
WCI, PO BOX 351; WAUPUN , WI 53963
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
Jeffery Keeran 385507;GBCI, PO box 19033; Green Bay, Wi 54307
Born 1980, now 34 . 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.
.Akili El-Amin was born in 1773 and is now 41. He was convicted as juvenile in 1990 for 1st degree intentional homicide w/armed W dangerous weapon:Life sentence, so he has been parole eligible since 2004. He has had 12 defers, each one with reason give that he had not served enough time for punishment. His family is waiting for him.
“We send people to prison to rehabilitate them and we have to believe that process is real and possible, for even some of the worst offenders. Ultimately, if we don’t believe in redemption, we don’t believe in America” —levis Smiley
View Akili's latest parole documents from the Department of corrections in pdf form
Akili's sample letter to the parole board
Continue his story on this blog post______________
John Battiste 145811
Jackson Correctional Institution
PO Box 233
Black River Falls,WI 54615
Sentenced in 1996 for attempted homicide, has behaved well, has strong support system for release.
Here is his letter on PDF: John Battiste
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....SCI 100 Corrections Drive
Stanley, WI 54768
Zong Lor is Hmong/ Asian American. Born IN 1980, he is 34 and has been incarcerated since 1999. Was 18 years old at arrest and a gang member. Record in Prisoner has been excellent and has satisfies all program needs. Was given a 48 month defer at last hearing and has no idea why
Zong Lor's story on PDF
Anthony Cook 182578;
FLCI; PO Box 200; Fox Lake, WI 53933
Anthony Cook was born in 1973, and is now 41. He was convicted in 1994 of attempted homicide and armed robbery. Has done all programming he is allowed and is told he cannot complete it until he is 18 months from Mandatory release date. Has been eligible for parole since 2003 and has seen the parole board 11 times. His story is below:
Anthony Cook Tells His Story
Roberto Hinojoso 158545
RGCI, PO box 925
Redgranite, Wi 54970
Born in 1961, Robert is now 53.
Roberto is one of the hundreds of prisoners ordered to be deported on completion of sentence by the judge. He has served long past his parole date so why are they still holding him? He should be back home in Mexico.
Robert R. Taylor 181190
Foxlake Correctional inst.
100 Corrections Drive,
Fox lake, WI
Born, 1954, now 60. Sentenced to 50 years in 1966 for robbery, no one go hurt. He was the driver. Has been in prison for 19 years. Has son who just finished high school and is still waiting to get to know his father.
Conviction date: June 25th 1998
Convicted of: PTAC party to a crime/ Robbery
MR and PMR :MR 10-07-42 PMR 2068
First parole eligibility:8-8-2000
How many defers: two
Official reasons for defers: You have Not served sufficient time for punishment/Your institutional conduct has Not been satisfactory/Release at this time would involve an unreasonable risk to the public
“I was convicted in 1996 for PTAC party to a crime of Robbery. I was a driver for two persons that robbed a credit union.No one got hurt, and I am not justifying the robbery, I just want to point out that both co-defendant got ten years and I got fifty years. I have did all that the dept. of correctional have asked of me and more, yet I am still behind bars 19 years later, whereas the other two have been at home 16 years now and I am still behind bars.”