2.06.2016

WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE STILL IN PRISON?

  


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

 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.
  Scott Howard's blog for more info         



  click here to read James Schuman's  blogpost 


We are doing a petition drive for these folks:
Scott Howard with aging parents


              
             

Letter from Scott Howard's sister: https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/scott-howard-sister-story.pdf

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:

Petition for 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.






11)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. 
/View Terrance's blog 
http://terranceshaw.blogspot.com/
  click here to view Terrance Shaw's petition

Ton Schilling and mother  shortly before she died
12 )Ron Schilling:
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!"





      B. ORDERED DEPORTED BUT ARE STILL HERE.  
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:





 5)Jose Fuentes
Like the nextpetition, he wants to be deported, is eligible to be deported. He is rehabilitated,his family is waiting
click to sign Jose Fuentes petition:
Click to sign Jose Fuente's petition
Here is Jose's blogpost





Jose Garcia:incredibly, this man and next 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

 
WAIVED INTO ADULT COURT AS JUVENILES

We now know the injustice of sentencing a child to life in prison and the supreme Court is deciding crucial issues on this matter.. The brain is physically not developed to think long term, to understand consequences. There are many prisoners in WI who were sentenced as youngsters and received incredibly long sentences- many need to get back to court to get sentences reduced. Others just need parole. These petitions will help build public pressure . Please sign.

here is a blog of many more juveniles waived into adult court and now mature
 
 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










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."



GENERAL REASONS FOR ACTION TAKEN
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.























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       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?



Milwaukee, WI 53205-2596 

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Antione seeing Daughter for first time

Antoine Murphy: Black and Smart

RE: SUMMARY OF PERSONAL CASE

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 ;CommunicationsBaptized;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..."

 link to 2016 parole hearing https://ffupstuff.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/antoine-murphy-parole-hearing.pdf
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sign his petition:
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/petition-for-parole-for-1?source=c.em&r_by=10992208

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.






























      
Kept in prison for bogus run around reasons-
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.


18)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.

moveon.org/sign/petition-for-release-1?source=c.em&r_by=10992208









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:
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Ezra Martin 214336;Sturtevan Transitional Facility

Born 1972, is now 42 . He received 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.”

Arrested 1997;
since 2006 all A&E programs met;
Parole eligible since 2005,
has had 11 deferments;
MR Date is 2019,
Max date is 2029

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.


BY ANY MEANS Necessary
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....
http://parolecases.blogspot.com/2014/02/truman-anderson.html



 Akili K.A. El- Amin 20320; OCI; PO Box 938; Oregon, WI 53575
Akili with Daughter and grandson


.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



  Zong Lor 372443
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
 
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:



























































































































































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