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 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.
|Scott Howard with aged parents|
|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:
|Nancy Ezell several years ago|
|Nancy Ezelll today|
|!!Nancy was given parole Late April 2019!!|
Terrance Shaw 138254 RCI PO Box 900; Sturtevant, WI 53177
|Terrance Shaw, now70|
|Ron Schilling today|
Ron schillings essays:http://schillingessays.blogspot.com/
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."
Here is Jose's blogpost
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.
Here is his blog:
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
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.