Nancy Ezell

How can I be a threat to society when I can hardly breathe, walk and always in pain daily. The community also believes that I'm not this big threat to society when the parole board has at least 700 or more sign petitions asking to let me out.

Nancy Ezell's case is another example of the stubborn refusal of the DOC to release anyone absent a court order, Born in 1952, Now 65, is very ill and has been supported in her bid for compassionate release by the whole activist community for a couple years now . Recently she had a breast removed after complaining for two years of sever pain. Her list of physical complaints is daunting# as her record -no major conduct reports and complete compliance with all program requirements. She also has volunteered with the End Of Life Care Program ,has been a mentor at Harris Hall and also at the Treatment building teaching women's how to crochet.

(her medial problem#Hypertension,Hyperlipidemia,Diabetes,Copd,Hypothyrojdism, arthritis, Coronary Artery disease, history of Coronary artery bypass graftingx3 and coronary artery stent placement on 4 occasions, Obesity, pulmonary hypertension, chronic, stage 3 Kidney disease, Anxiety, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, obstructive sleep apnea, Heart failure-and need both knees replaced.)

Update July 30, 2017

Nancy.Ezell #054991
Taycheedah Corr. Inst.
P.O. Box 3100; Fond Du Lac Wis. 54936  

                           DYING TO BE FREE
Read as PDF file : Read as PDF file:https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/nancy-ezell-comp-release-7-27-17all.pdf
I realize the very nature of what I WAS DOING WAS WRONG AND STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUNISHED; HOWEVER I was prosecuted to the very strictest degree of the law. I received a 65 year prison sentence and a 25 year stayed sentence, the 65 year prison sentence I received was for less than 11 ounce of cocaine, with the street value of maybe $350.

I'm not trying to minimize my crime I was wrong and deserve to be punished and I take full responsibility for my action. But I know that all of the medical issues that I now have work against me and I know that I will die anytime. I can’t say that I will die in three or six months but I know that my time is limited because of my issues, and I have been going and staying in the hospital quite a bit.
I HAVE UNDERGONE severe coronary disease and multiple revascularization procedures including an extensive coronary bypass graft surgery, diabetes which is out of control, hypertension and dyslipidemia that increases my risk of dying from heart disease, also I need both knees replaced, but my Dr. won't do it, He toId me that even though I need this done that he could not operate on me because of my other medical conditions, so now I suffer from that pain and many others: These are some of my other medical issues that I have:
COPD and I'm on Oxygen, Gerd, Stomach Ulcer, Arthritis, Sleep Apnea, Congestive Heart Failure, Arthritis of the Lumbar Spine, I have stage 3 Kidney disease. Just last year I found out that I had Breast Cancer, and have been in and out of the hospital 8 times since June of 2016 until July 01 2017.

I'm also sending you a report from the parole commissioner. I have never had any needs for the first 16 years that I have been here, but when I seen the parole board for the first time in 16years, they wanted me to do modules, and I have now completed all of what they want me to do. As of this date 04/07/2017,I have Completed the following courses and also classes while confined in D.O.C: CGIP at Taycheedah 11/18/15, Personal Development 09/08/2015, Psychological Services 12/18/2014, Financial Literacy 3/15/2017, Wellness Module 1 04/07/2017, I went the extra yard to better myself and went to Wisconsin Resource Center and completed these courses I took a second CCIP @ WWRC completed 4/13/2016, Emotions Management Skills 03/17,2016, Aware Program 05/17,2016, Trauma Recovery And Empowerment (Trem) 05/24/16, Health module @ Taycheedah 11/30/16. I have earn 6 college credit and working on a diploma of 60 college credit, For His Glory Bible College.

For me my biggest accomplishment Was having completed the training program @ the Taycheedah Correctional End Of Life Care Program and becoming 'a volunteer, 12/29/09, I've also been a mentor at Harris Hall and also at the Treatment building teaching women's how to crochet
I have satisfactorily COMPLETED the full rehabilitation programs initially set out as D 0 C 's stated criteria and rehab goals. Completion of which makes a prisoner less likely to re-offend when she or he is released.

In closing I feel that I have been well behaved here and have a very good disciplinary record, have met all of my needs, with no major tickets. This in itself shows the sincerity in my desire to conform and be a law-abiding citizen if released back into society.

In fact, studies on recidivism show that the prison inmates who have exemplary disciplinary records make up the majority of the statistics of being the releases who ARE less LIKELY TO RETURN TO PRISON. I AM NOT A THREAT TO SOCIETY AND I HAVE VERFIABLE PLACES THAT I CAN GO TO AND STAY How can I be a threat to society when I can hardly breathe, walk and always in pain daily. The community also believes that I'm not this big threat to society when the parole board has at least 700 or more sign petitions asking to let me out.

Inmate that is eligible for parole by policy and statutory law should be released. In fact this' shows a wise and prudent parole board, whose members act in the best interest of society. In other words, the further, continuous holding and incarceration of an inmate to the detriment of rehabilitation and correctional purposes, and then releasing that inmate at a later date, would be acting against the best interest of society. Ezell medical bill has been close to a million dollar and counting, when she can take the burden off of the tax payer and get social security.
It all started in 2012, that I thought but I found out it started in 2008

I was at UWM hospital. I was getting a Cat Scan on my lungs and while doing this scan they notice a mass on my left breast, my lung Dr. told Taycheedah that I need to get a mama gram. I went to St. Agnes and they took a mama gram, they seen the mass but the Dr. told the tech to tell me don't worry about it, it's nothing. Now for over 2 years, I had been complaining to the medical department that my left breast have been hurting really bad, I would tell them that the pain feels like I had just had a baby and the milk in my breast was stuck. Yes. I was taking a mama gram on this van every year that would come to Taycheedah and I would get the results that it was all good. I would tell the Medical dept. and who ever would listen to me the same thing that my left breast is hurting really bad and I would tell them how the pain felt. Nobody would really listen to me.
Now within a year or so of this constant breast pain, I would tell the medical department that I was getting these stabbing chest pain that would come very quick and take my breath away for a minute, they would tell me it's just chest wall pain, after a year or so later I visit my lung Dr. at UW Madison, she did some lung tests on me and said my lungs were getting better but I was really out of breath, she said you need to see your heart Dr. So Taycheedah made me an appt. one for the Heart Dr. and one to take a Biopsy of my left breast. Now a week had went by and I went to St. Agnes to get this Biopsy done, (they told me that it might be a week or so before I would find out what the results was) Before I could go to my appt. for my Heart, One morning I got up and got this really bad stabbing chest pain and I told the officer and was sent to the medical dept. They call for and ambulance to send me to St. Agnes, so we are waiting and I'm on this gurney, when the EMT came in and said We are going to have to send for another ambulance because ours is smoking really bad, So I'm laying on the gurney and praying to God that I don't have a Heart attack, 10 min later the ambulance came and we finally made it to St.Agnes.The hospital does some tests and this Dr. came in and told me that I have to stay because there is something wrong with one of my tests for my heart, and then she says “Oh yeah you do have some sort of breast Cancer and don't worry about it, You are here for your Heart.”

A couple of days I'm still in the hospital and now I have to go to the cath lab so they can go and look up in my heart arteries, I stay on the table for almost 3 hours and I knew that something was wrong. Finally finish and went back to my room, The Dr. came up and said that you was one lucky woman your main left artery was 100% blocked and most people don't make it when this artery get's plug like this. We call it the Widow Maker, because it makes your partner a widower.

So now one down and one to go, the Cancer, the Cancer Dr. told me that they won't have to take my whole breast off, she said that the Cancer is in my milk duct, and I told her I had been telling the medical Dept. at Taycheedah for over two years that I was having this very bad pain in my left breast, I told them that it feels like I had just had a baby and the milk was stuck in my left breast, She said the reason that you was saying that is because Your Cancer is in your Milk Duct.

So now I goes and get this Lumpectomy and around a week and a half later I goes back to see the Surgeon for a follow up, Now she tells me, I'm sorry it's bigger then what I - thought, you are going to have to get a Mastectomy, I have to get my whole left breast taken off. I'm really sad, very stress out, can't hardly sleep at night, can't stop crying, scared. I have been saying for years that I don't care what the Mamagrams are saying, Something is wrong with my left breast. I would even tell medical about all the pain that I was having with my breast and chest. I feel that my breast might could have been saved, But my words were falling on deaf ears. I have a reason to feel like this. These are my medical problems :Hypertension,Hyperlipidemia,Diabetes,Copd,Hypothyrojdism, arthritis, Coronary Artery disease, history of Coronary artery bypass graftingx3 and coronary artery stent placement on 4 occasions, Obesity, pulmonary hypertension, chronic, stage 3 Kidney disease, Anxiety, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, obstructive sleep apnea, Heart failure-and need both knees replace.

I feel that the prison was acting with deliberate indifference to in medical needs. Serious medical needs of prisoners constitutes the unnecessary and Wanton infliction of pain proscribed by the Eight Amendment.

 Letter for supporter Joyce Ellwanger

Commissioner Doug Drankiewicz
Wisconsin State Parole Commission
3099 E Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53704
January 27, 2017

          Re: Parole for Nancy Ezell #054991
Dear Commissioner Drankiewicz:

I am writing to you in support of parole for Nancy Ezell. I have known Nancy for the past three years. I have visited her at Taycheedah. I have visited her family here in Milwaukee. I arranged for family members to share Nancy's story at a meeting which MICAH held at St. Francis Church earlier this year where several hundred people were present. So I do feel that I know Nancy pretty well.

You have been seeing her over several years as well. When you see her this spring, in addition to all her other health issues, you will learn that she has had surgery for a potentially fatal blockage of a main artery to her heart, and that she has had two surgeries for breast cancer, having lost one breast in the process. Her knee replacement surgeries have been delayed, as she hopes to have them when she is released home to Milwaukee. So she is a woman who lives with illness and with pain.

Still her letters are full of hope and faith. She knows that has now completed all the courses you have asked her to finish before release. She knows that she is well beyond the release date the sentencing judge would have anticipated. She knows that she has had no major tickets since she saw you last. She knows that she is no danger to her community and that she has a loving family waiting to provide care for her here in Milwaukee upon her release.

So, as you examine the criteria you use to determine eligibility for parole, she has met the criteria necessary for parole. She has learned from her time in prison. She has seen grandchildren born and has had the support of her family through almost two decades in prison for a non violent offense- harsh drug sentences that were given at the time have been reduced in many states. Keeping her in prison any longer serves no useful purpose for Nancy or for the State.

So I am asking you to carefully examine her situation and support her release now. I am enclosing a petition that WISDOM ROC (Restoring Our Communities) campaign has circulated on her behalf with over 200 signatures in support of her release. The state-wide conference call of our Old Law and Compassionate Release Committee gets regular updates from the letters I receive from Nancy. We look forward to the day when we can join her family in finally welcoming her home.

I am sure you will be pleased to see that Nancy is now in full compliance with what has been asked of her. And I trust you will have her best interest at heart as you meet with her and reach your decision about her parole.
Respectfully. Joyce ellwanger
Old Law and Compassionate Release Committee WISDOM

Nancy Ezell 333049
Taychedah Correctional Institution, Fond du Lac , WI
Has been in for 16 years for a non violent drug offense; given a 65 year sentence. She has very high medical bills, is on oxygen. She is 62.

Nancy was one of three prisoners we did a compassionate release application for . All were denied with the statement that there was no compassionate release for old law prisoners. ( untrue)

Dean Stensberg, Parole Chairman
Ed Wall, Secretary of DOC
Concerned citizens

      We the undersigned, petition you to release Nancy Ezell (#054991). We wonder why  this woman is still incarcerated. She is elderly and infirm and no danger to  anyone. How are you making us  safer by wasting our dollars like this?
         Nancy Ezell was Born 1952 and is now 63. She was convicted in  1998 of drug possession “with intent to manufacture, distribute or deliver. (961.41.)”
She has had multiple major heart surgeries, has type 2 diabetes and is on oxygen. She is in two knee  replacements and has much pain.
       Nancy is now housed in unit with mentally ill prisoners where windows cannot be opened and feels she is near suffocating. She came from housing for younger people, where the noise and pace of the place were stressful and dangerous.  To her requests to be moved, she is told there is no room anywhere else. This prison is severely overcrowded.
      Statistics show that the crime rate drops dramatically (from 12 percent to 6 percent) for people over 30. After 55 it drops to near zero. This would be enough to tell us that Nancy is not dangerous but the fact that she carries around oxygen wherever she goes makes this certain.  Another factor is that she is in prison for a non violent drug crime and was sentenced when the WAR ON DRUGS was at its highest pitch. Then Excessive sentences for non violent crimes were the norm. 
      She also has children who would love to have her home and who would care for her.
      But the enormous cost of keeping Nancy in is not the most important consideration. The prison cannot house someone as sick and frail as Nancy humanely. Prisons were built for the healthy. She is very stressed with the noise and commotion and lack of nurturing has taken its toll. Again studies tell us that prisoners age much quicker than non prisoners- Some studies name 50 , some 55 as “old”.  Nancy is old and frail and needs to be home with her loved ones.


View her blog

Terrance Shaw

Terrance Shaw 138254 RCI. PO Box 900; Sturtevant. WI  53177
Terrance now
Terrance at Arrest

Terrance Shaw has been in prison for 32 years, for murder. He is a Viet Nam veteran and now knows he had  PTSD when he committed his crime although Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was not know at the time. He thought he was still in Viet Nam and spent days preparing for an invasion. The ensuing murder was horrendous and Terrance has spent 32 years trying to  make amends.  He still works at and is good at controlling his symptoms, is a model prisoner / He thought he was being attacked by the Viet Kong when he killed that woman and he had prepared for days, dressing up in his uniform and getting all his  Viet Nam armory prepared. One wonders where people in the neighborhood were that they did not call for help when they saw this man acting so strangely.

as we say later in this blog, Terrance has worked very hard over the years to reform himself and the VA has  offered him a place to stay and a place in their PTSD treatment program with hopes that once he has successfully completed the program he can help the vets coming into the program. The catch is that the DOC doesn't parole him although he has long been eligible.

Below are links to the two cases - they are presented in sections
He recommends starting with post conviction appeal , first one below and  moving on to the "brief of the appellant ", the second one here.

  post conviction relief motion: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/r-shaw-postcon-relief-motion-1982-cf-266.pdf
appeal: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/t-shaw-appeal-2016-ap-314.pdf

the second case deals with his claim the the staff knowingly inflicted pain and suffering on him by denying him use of a wheel chair and confiscation of legal property. The Second one below states the facts, the first one tries to present evidence that the entire motivation for denying the wheel chair and confiscating legal materials, was retaliatory- to suppress his lawsuit activities.


and his introduction to all these files

Last here is our original compassionate release application, done 2015. This is a look at the bigger picture and Terrance is the third person applying here. The money savings presented here are not relevant for today, for prisoners now get medicaid or medicare- ( the money saved part we are doing over) but the rest remains the same.There are three applicants here-and the petition was denied saying there is no compassionate release for Old Law prisoners. (Executive order included in the packet shows there is). Since this was filed, Jim Schuman has lost his mother , and Nancy Ezell has developed breast cancer. She had been complaining of breast pain  for months. We hope it is not too late for treatment and will try again to get her out.


GOOD LUCK TO TERRANCE- a valiant and much needed effort!!!

/View Terrance's blog

Terrance Shaw 138254 OSCI (65);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.

Please sign Terrance Shaw's petition:

Terrance Shaw's Letter to the governor (pages are backwards on this -start with 2nd page-will change soon)

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Prisoner's Lament

I flush the commode
And watch the contents swirl down
Like all the hopes and dreams
Of what my life could have been.

Terrance J. Shaw, #138254
Oshkosh Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 3310
Oshkosh, WI 54903-3310

Terry also has his own blog,with testimony and documents attesting to all he has done to improve himself. Click on :http://terranceshaw.blogspot.com/

My Crime and Successful Treatment
read his story on blogpost

Terry also has his own blog,with testimony and documents attesting to all he has done to improve himself. Click on :http://terranceshaw.blogspot.com/

My Crime and Successful Treatment

In 1981 I raped and murdered a 30-year old woman and was convicted in 1982 to Life plus 20-years in prison, with my first parole eligibility being in 1993. When I first came into the prison system, my Assessment & Evaluation (A&E) specialist determined that I needed to "participate in Sex Offender Treatment (SOT) to learn and understand the dynamics behind my crime, in order for me to lower my risk for parole.”

I was in SOT at WCI for 3-years and in the 2003 SOT Report Summary, "--WCl's Chief SOT Psychologist, Dr. Ankarlo, documented that I-currently have: NO HIGH RISK AREA TREATMENT NEEDS at this time (in 2003). He also wrote in the SOT Program Report that, "Mr. Shaw has benefited greatly from his participation in SOT and has displayed his understanding of the treatment principles in his self-disclosure and feedback." Dr. Ankarlo goes on to state that, "Clinical judgment alone would suggest that he has made sufficient progress in those areas to have completed his SOT need."

So, I figure that since nothing has changed with the severity of my crime since I was convicted and sentenced in 1982, as well as there is no new offense or action to require more treatment than was recommended programming for me at A&E in 1982, I have satisfied the A&E program need requirement recommended for me to lower my risk for parole, and I should be given a Grant for parole anytime after I satisfied the A&E requirement in 2003 with 3-years of SOT at WCI.

But this is not the case. I have seen the parole board 7-times since my 2003 SOT program report and parole says that I still have to "complete" the 3-4 year Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) that wasn't even in existence at the time of my 1982 conviction, sentencing and A&E. I explained to the parole board that I was in the OSCI SOTP from 1997-1999 and was kicked out against my WILL in 1999 after 20-months of SOTP at OSCI for phony reasons/justification, and every time I requested Re-Entry into the SOTP I have been denied Re-Entry by SOTP.

Yet every time I go back up before the parole board each year, the parole board insists/demands that they won't parole me unless I also "complete" the 3-4 year SOTP.
SOTP and the parole board have put me in this phony "Catch-22" situation that is outside of my control. But according to my original A&E recommended program need, to "participate" in SOT to lower my risk for parole, I already did that, so I could/should be already paroled at any time since my EXCELLENT 2003 SOT program report by Dr. Ankarlo at WCI.

The above is an overview of my prison circumstances and parole situation through my past 28-years of incarceration.


I will also relate here my other achievements during my past 28-years of incarceration that the parole board seems to be turning a blind eye to, so I will tell you those particulars about me too.
During my past 28-years of incarceration I only have one major conduct report on my prison record, And I still claim my innocence on that one major conduct report, but I won't go into explaining the particulars of it to you, other than to say it was for "Enterprising," for which I still proclaim that I still maintain my innocence, even though the prison found me guilty (because the foxes are guarding the chicken coop).

When I first came to prison in 1982 I didn't even know my high school fractions, decimals, and percents. But during my first year in prison I got clean and sober and had a Spiritual Awakening. I studied hard for my own personal enrichment to remedy my mathematical deficit and went on to the Univerisity of Wisconsin-Extension and got 4-credits in Algebra and 3-credits in Accounting,and became a prison GED math tutor.

I also took and successfully completed the 4-year Ambassador Bible College correspondence course by Herbert W. Armstrong out of Passadena California. After that I took and successfully completed the 3-year Kenneth S. Hagin's RHEMA Bible College correspondence course out of Tulsa Oklahoma for 60-credits.

Then I want on to get a Master's Degree in Religious Studies, a Doctorate in Biblical Studies, and a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion. My Doctoral Dissertation is registered and copyrighted at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Here at OSCI I had a meeting with Chaplain Reinke and let her know that when I am paroled I would like to apply with the WDOC for an Assistant Chaplain's position, since I believe I am called by God -and my religious correspondence courses make me qualified. OSCl's Chaplain Rainke encouraged me, stating that the WDOC currently employs two former inmates as Chaplains. After I get paroled I also plan to volunteer to speak at jails,prisons, churches, or any place that will invite me to speak, about what I was like,what happened, and what I am like now, in hopes that maybe I can humbly reach out to others to help them turn their life around too.

I believe I have credibility with inmates since I have been an inmate myself for 28-years of straight incarceration. I actually have, and am, walking the walk; therefore I am not only qualified, but I have credibility. I can also relate to inmates (anyone) about faith and spirituality in general, even though my personal faith is Christian. Even to atheists, GOD can be considered a Good Orderly Direction.

The circumstances tending to establish my suitability for parole are that I do not possess a violent crime committed while a juvenile; I have a stable social history and a prior (full time) tax paying work record; I have shown remorse; I committed the crime as a result of significant stress in my life and the significant stress built over a long period of time; I lack any significant history of violent crime; this is my only felony and first time in prison; at 60-years old I am now of an age that reduces the probability of recidivism; I have made realistic plans for release, plus I have developed new marketable skills (that accommodate my various aging disabilities) through taking extensive correspondence courses while in prison; and have engaged in institutional activities that indicate an enhanced ability to function within the Law upon release.

Here, I have shown uncontradicted evidence of my rehabilitation and there is no other evidence that I currently posses a danger to society. My current behavior during my many years since my offense, and my current mental state, demonstrate that my past offense is no longer a realistic indicator of my "current" dangerousness.

I have engaged in extensive rehabilitation through the WDOC and on my own for my own personal enrichment, gained insight into my offense, expressed remorse, and made realistic parole plans. Mere recitation of the circumstances of the commitment offense, fails to provide the required "modicum of evidence" of unsuitability for release on parole. However, the WDOC parole board still refuses to parole me, and even raises new roadblocks to block my parole.

Details of conduct report for those who are interested: As an added point of interest, I was sent from here at OSCI to WCI in 2000 on a bogus conduct report when they found me guilty and gave me 8 and 180 days in the hole here and then sent me back to maximum security at Waupun after they made me do the hole time first. A jailhouse lawyer in Waupun subsequently got that bogus conduct report reversed in outside court so the WDOC had to expunge it from my prison file/record. It took about 18 months to accomplish it, but by then I had been on the WCI Sex Offender Treatment (SOT) waiting list for some time and had been admitted/entered into the SOT program at WCI by the time that bogus conduct report was reversed and expunged,
so when the Program Review Committee (PRC) at WCI was going to send me back to medium security here at OSCI, I requested to stay at WCI so I could continue to participate in their SOT program, and WCI PRC let me stay there in the program for a total of 3-years in the SOT program at Waupun before they sent me back to medium security here at OSCI in 2004.

The reason,I believe they get away with the tyranny that is perpetrated against inmates by some prison staff, unbeknownst to the public, is because there is a definite need for prisons and incarceration because there are definitely some dangerous and distorted inmates in prison that the public needs to be protected from. So under the disguise of justified security and half the inmates crying wolf, the prison staff can get away with banking inmates on bogus stuff behind the closed doors of the prison system and nobody on the outside realizes it and doesn't want to believe the system they pay for with their tax dollars has corrupt elements within it.

It is easier for the public to agree with John Walsh on Americas Most Wanted and "Get those scum bags off the street." And at the same time, there are also some fine, professional and ethical Staff working in the prison system too. It's only the corrupt element that I and others try to expose and defend against. I didn't want to talk about bad prison staff without also acknowledging there are good prison staff in here too.

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Scott Howard- a family's view

Previous Posts on Scott Howard:
Scott Howard's story:  https://parolecases.blogspot.com/2015/07/scott-howard-does-rehabilitation-count.html
Many absurd cases- Why?; https://parolecases.blogspot.com/2016/02/why-are-these-people-still-in-prison.html

from his sister:July 21, 2015
To whom it may concern,
Scott Howard with aging parents
I am Scott Howards sister, this has been a rough 32 years for all of us. Scott turned himself in when my daughter was 3 months old, she will be 32 in October. We have kept Scott in our family lives through out the years, he has painted fun pictures for them when my kids were young, now those pictures are in they're kids bedrooms.
I have watched the toll this has made on my parents, it is heartbreaking, We all have tried to be positive that Scott would be home by now. I feel this has been so unfair to Scott when the other two involved have been paroled already, one man has been paroled twice! Where is the fairness in that when they got the same sentence as Scott! Scott was nieve when he hooked up with the bikers, they promised the brother hood would be there for ever! When we are young we make decisions in our life that we do not think of any consequences from those decisions. Scott has payed the price for his choices and has tried to make whatever life he has in prison the best he could. He regrets his actions and has payed his dues in prison. I made stupid decisions in my life, I have learned from those and improved upon them. That was 33 years ago, Think about where you were 33 years ago and how much your life has changed. I'm not excusing what happened but know that my brother lives everyday in regret for the choices he has made. Scott deserves the chance to prove that in his remaining life!
As a family unit we have given his daughter and his grandson support and love to help to fill the void from Scott's absence. His daughter was so young when this all happened it has been hard to understand for her. Hard for her to accept. She has suffered emotionally from the loss of her dad. It has been hard for me to watch the years go by without Scott present in our family. My parents have worked hard to help Scott and his daughter and now his grandson with they're lives. My parents grieve everyday that they may not ever see Scott free, they have suffered and mourned through the years. I have watched the toll this has taken on they're lives, financially and emotionally.
Every holiday is incomplete, not only does the prisoner suffer but the family suffers. I know that is part of the prison sentence any one gets is they're family suffers too! As we all have aged and experienced life we have seen many problems in the prison system, too long of sentence, the way most prisoners are treated in the system and there is no rehabilitation in the system. Scott has been involved in many classes to help to be paroled. He has volunteered to make patterns and sew costumes for the Wisconsin museum. He has done work to improve cells for handicapped in the prison in Florida. He learned to work on fixing sewing machines in Wisconsin that no one else knew how to do. That even saved money for the state of Wisconsin!
We have been proud of the work Scott has done over the years, he has worked on proving himself to be trusted and released from prison. Everybody deserves a chance to prove themselves, Scott deserves a chance. Please help us!
Sincerely, Lone Schmidt

  From his Parents: 
July 20, 2015
To whom it may concern,
We are writing to you about our son, Scott Howard and how his imprisonment has affected us and our family over the last 32 years he has been in prison.
We have always been a close, loving family and as his parents we have suffered great loss, deep painful loss and Scott's absence has been very difficult for us to accept and we miss him every day. We are at an age we need our son's help around our house. Both of us had heart surgery 2 years ago and have not been able to travel back to Wisconsin to visit him. We are 86 years of age and need more help in getting around. Scott has no one close enough to visit him, which is heart breaking for him to be so alone.
We raised his daughter who is 40 now, we have watched how the absence of her father has greatly affected her life. Her mother was not present in her life either. As a family unit we gave her a good family life. She was affected emotionally. She went through her share of problems; her son, Scott's grandson, has a dysfunctional mental problem and would benefit from his grandfathers help.
We long for Scott to come home and be with us, we are afraid we wont be able to see him free! He needs the opportunity to have some form of a normal life! He deserves the chance to prove himself!
We look forward to his phone calls each week, they helps us keep up with his activities. Scott is very talented and creative, and over the years he has sent home the wonderful paintings and cards he makes for us and the family. He has done leather crafts that we all have enjoyed over the years. Scott also crochets beautiful doilies, scarves, hats and table cloths and many other items that his daughter, niece and nephews, grand kids, brother and sister have all enjoyed over the years. Scott likes to be busy and he likes to help others, he taught another inmate how to read.
Scott has skills that will help him to earn a living such as reupholstering furniture and such. He has also worked in construction, he helped his dad build one of the houses we lived in and raised his daughter in. We have a big house with a functional wood working shop with room for his activities. We have plenty of room for him to live here in hopes he can help us with chores that are a hardship for us now.
Scott would benefit from being able to to enjoy our family activities, holidays and birthdays. Scott should have been paroled years ago! Scott has been a good prisoner, he stays out of trouble, not getting involved with trouble makers, he keeps to himself, it is heartbreaking to think of his lonely existence.
Having Scott home would breach the void his absence has created. He has grown to be a caring man and cares deeply for his family. Scott needs the opportunity to fill the void his daughter and grandson have in their lives as in all of our lives.
George and Betty Howard


Anthony Murphy still waiting

Antoine Murphy 363399; RGCI ;PO Box 925; Red Granite WI 54970
Born 1957; convicted age 18

Antoine Murphy: Black and Smart 


Age when crime committed: 18yrs  60 days
Convicted of: Attempted Homicide;party to armed robbery;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 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..."

Documents from 2016 parole hearing:https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/antoine-murphy-parole-hearing.pdf


WHY? a quick summary of about thirty old law prisoners-an introduction to their dilemmas

 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 30years 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. 

James Schuman and Parents.
 His mother has just been told she has
6 months to live.

Scott Howard with aging parents

  You will see links to petitions for individuals below being shepherded along by loved ones of the prisoners.Please sign a few. 
 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 just learned his mother has 6 months to live.

click here to read James Schuman's  blogpost 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 has been in prison for 18 and 1/2 years and wants nothing more but to be with is dying mother on her last days- she has been given 6 months to live. He has multiple health problems, is in his 60's.

click to see  Scott Howard's blog for more info         

Scott Howard Has been in prison 30 years on a life sentence. Been to parole board 10 times, Co- defendants were release long ago, Prison record exemplary. Family devastated and needing him home at last.
Compassionate Release Applications Denied

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

Nancy was convicted on a non violent drug charge 15 years ago, is 62 years old now. She is very ill , with a heart conditions and other impairments. She is on oxygen and being housed in conditions that cause her much pain and stress.
View our compassionate release application for her and 2 others.

Terrance Shaw has been in prison for 32 years, for murder. He is a Viet Nam veteran and now knows he had  PTSD when he committed his crime and still works at controlling the symptoms, is model prisoner and has been offered treatment at the VA Hospital and a job mentoring others after treatment is finished- he must be released first. 
Ron Schilling:
Ron Schilling and mother  shortly before she died
Born In 1951, Ron Schilling is now 64 and has been incarcerated since 1976, 39 plus years.
Ron was granted parole by Leonard Wells until he became victim of the new tough on crime rhetoric that also cost Leonard Wells his job. Since then he has been back and forth from minimum to medium and is transferred without a word on why and is convinced there is retaliation going on.Here is what his social worker said:
"Mr Schilling has a keen mind and a good heart. If he is not a successful candidate for
restoration to the community, then no one on my caseload could possibly be!"

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
Like the next prisoner, he wants to be deported, is eligible to be deported. He is rehabilitated,his family is waiting. Click to sign Jose Fuente's petition
Here is Jose's blogpost

Jose Garcia:incredibly, this man  could have been deported as soon as he reach parole eligibility and here he sits along with many other who want nothing more that to return to their home countries


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
 7)Andre Bridges
Andre Bridges

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-
click here to sign Andre's petition

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

8) Shulbert Williams, a juvenile offender deserving of a second chance:

shulbert and daughter

Shulbert  was waived into adult court as a juvenile an has become a mature man since- the sentence was far too long and he will be seeking a sentence modification through the courts also. 

Petition for second chance for Shulbert Williams

Shulbert's blogpost

9)Hayes Jackson, Waived into adult court read his story, Sign his petition. 
petition to sign for Hayes Jackson 

click here for Hayes Jackson's blogpost

 Tommy Thames 297592 OSCI
Tommie with his mother
  Tommie Thames was 17 years old when he was waived into adult court. He and a friend had been drinking and plying with gun in the basement. The gun went off, killing the friend and Tommie frantically tried to hide the body. It is 21 years later- can we give him a second chance? 
Tommie's story and Parole decision and in pdf file. 


  E. Solitary confinement torture:
13)Luis Ramirez urgently needs help. He has been stuck in seg forever ,was released briefly to general and did what prisoners call "Snapped out",stabbed a guard with a pencil. the guard was back at work the next day and Luis says he blacked out and does not remember the incident. He is back in seg with pending criminal charges. We are calling for release on parole , where he would do well with his family OR a transfer to Mendota Mental Health Clinic- away from vicious cycle  in the DOC. WE also ask for an investigation. He is convicted of armed robbery where no one was hurt. Because he harms himself in seg he is perpetually given new conduct reports and because he is there, he is not allowed the programming he needs. Help us get him out of this terrible cycle the prison has made him mentally ill. Read and sign the petition please. Plea for Treatment and Parole for Luis Ramirez

Luis new blogpost:  http://parolecases.blogspot.com/2015/11/luis-ramrez-victim-of-solitary-torture.html

Kept in prison for bogus run around reasons-
Kim S. Szemborski 049375 ;Gordon Correctional Center:
 in prison so far for 28 years, for armed robbery in which no violence occurred. He is 61, has exemplary record, received a parole recommendation in 2011 which was later denied.
 At 61 years old, the national recidivism rate also reflects minimal (0>1%) risk of committing new crimes.
view parole decision as pdf file
Kim Szemborski with person he hopes to make a life with once out.
Reasons for denial:                                "Insufficient time for punishment" and "Unreasonable risk to
community;" reason given for parole grant denial and 12-month deferment, "still needs supervised placement in community with no conduct issues before release consideration."

1.You have developed an adequate plan, but will need Agent's verification.
2.Your institutional conduct has been satisfactory.
3.Your program participation has been satisfactory.
4.Release at this time would involve an unreasonable risk to the public.
5.You have NOT served sufficient time for punishment.

Verlin H. Walker, #171948
Verlin walker as part of the PDCI sand bagging crew
Verlin Walker 171948

Marshall E. Sherrer Correctional Center
1318 N. 14th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205-2596 

Another man granted parole by the commissioner and then denied by the parole chairman. This man has had many work release jobs, was a fork lift driver in Seneca and is a saw operator for Midwest Metals today. He has had access to people keys in his work and at one point drove 80 miles to his job form the prison. What are we waiting for???
       Incarcerated 3/96 on a 35 years sentence for masked armed robbery
       Has served 19 years, Born in 1970 , in now 44.
Become parole legible in 2004:
10/06(18 month defer), 4/08(12), 4/09(11), 3/10(10), 1/11(1), 11/11(8), 7/12(8), 3/13(7), 10/13(7 w/ a Pre Parole Investigation [PPI]), 5/14(6), 11/14(4 w/ a PPI), 3/15(grant recommendation).

He was recommended for parole by parole commissioner but this was denied by Dean Stensberg, Parole Chairman, and defer was increased to 9 months.(3/15 grant recommendation). He has long been on work release and has had many job offers-has impressive list of accomplishments. Why is this man still in prison? 

Antoine Murphy: Black and Smart


Age when crime committed: 18yrs & 60 days
Convicted of: Attempted Homicide;party to armed robbery;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 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..."
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/

age-43 / DOB 9-13-71 / arrested 8-8-94 Convicted of 1 count of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by felon. The victim was not physically injured. I was sentenced to 2002 or 2003. I've had maybe 4 or5 parole hearings since then. The parole board has denied me parole for the same cookie cutter reasons: "Your institutional conduct has not been satisfactory, your program participation has not been satisfactory; release at this time would involve an unreasonable risk to the public; you have not served sufficient time for punishment." It seems like the longer I'm in prison gives the POC more time to impose new programs on me right around the time when I'm eligible for camp or parole. I've completed all of the programs that I was initially given during my 1st few years in prison. In other words, it appears as though I'll be forced to do programs up until the day I'm released, whether I need the program or not. 

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
 eligible and ready for parole,been model prisoners  When is time enough?
Click to sign Randy Roth's petition

Randall's blog post for more info:http://parolecases.blogspot.com/2015/07/randall-toth.html

Randy Rotta has been in prison for 34 years. His wife supports him and still waits. He still sits 8 years later.

Hector Cubero

Hector Cubero was in prison for 27 1/2 years . He was then paroled ;then revoked for tattooing a minor who lied about his age- His revocation has extended too long.


Robert R. Taylor 181190

Foxlake Correctional inst.
100 Corrections Drive, 
Fox lake, WI  
  Born, 1954, now 61. 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 Pastor

 Recommendation from prison Chaplain

 Recommendation from Prison recreation leader

2014 parole decision

Certificate of completion of programs1
certificate of program completion 2age when -arrested 41/  age- now 61
4.  Convicted of, party to a crime of armed robbery
5.  date eligible for parole 2012
6.  how many parole hearing 3
 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?"

Lawrence Williams
Here is another young man who received too long a sentence- He has learned what he needed and should go home .
Here is Lawrence's blogpost

 petition for Lawrence Williams
Lawrence with mother, grandmother and friend

Harlan Richards 37975

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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I was involved in a spontaneous fight in 1984 where I stabbed a much larger man to death. He attacked me without provocation. I was sentenced to life in prison at aged 30 and have spent 32 Years in Prison. 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.

reasons for parole denial:  Unreasonable risk to the public and have
not served sufficient time for punishment.

San Golden Gilbert 299928; OCI, Po Box 938, Oregon, WI 53575
San golden Gilbert with Fiance' Elexis and her daughter
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/
eligible after 13 1/2 years and has been in 36 years/
his story in his own words

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:

Charles E Jackson 228061 OSCI

IN 1990, at the height of the tough on crime craze, Charles go a life sentence for party to the crime of murder. He is a good example of injustice of the "party to a crime" rules, for those who have the least to do with it are often given the toughest sentence. His three defendants which includes the shooter have been out for many years. Charles has never been to a parole hearing. The co defendants had more information and more to deal with.

45 years old, born in Memphis, TN. Sept. 17th 1969.
21 years old (1990)when arrested, during an election year when “tough on crime” was the mantra .
Convicted of - Party To A Crime of First Degree homicide while. Although I was not the person shot or killed anyone I was sentenced to life in prison - while the actual shooter remains at large. I was given a parole date set after serving a 50 year prison sentence under Life - in the year of January 1st. 2041
There was other co-defendant on my case that was charged with the same charge as I was only he later got those reduces after taking a peal deal. There should have been (3) people charged along with myself - my co-defendant and third the actual shooter - who escape justice due to the district and police taking short cuts to attain justice.
I never been up for parole due to sentence structure and it should be noted this was my first time ever conviction.
Since my conviction I have achieved my HSED - gotten a degree in building and maintenance, and wish to attain another degree in the culinary arts. I have also completed two stages of anger management, while I am eager to do more – unfortunately because of lengthy sentence structure I have been placed several other program waiting list with a low priority need.
Adenda on unfair legal rules enacted at the time that impacted the poor.
 In the year of my arrest and conviction October 17th 1990 it was an election year state representatives and another Law enforcement agents made a promise to be more tougher on crime.
  In either the mid or early 90's the president signed a bill into law gave anyone convicted of a major capital offense, such first degree murder a one year dead line to file an federal appeal to their into the courts.
  This was erroneous and harmful to pro se litigants due to the fact that the majority of defendants are Black and from poor low income families.
   Most African Americans that are incarceration represents about 75% of the prison population where Blacks makes up about 15% of the people living in the state of Wisconsin.
   These are poor men and women that are at the time of their arrest and conviction can not read or write or afford proper legal representation. I was and am one of those statistics.