Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cesar DeLeon Profile and Letter from his Mother to senator Lena Taylor

My name is Cesar DeLeon #322800. I am joining the “Dying to Live” hunger strike because prior to being placed on the long term solitary confinement unit I was subjected without my consent, to a pscho-torture/fear-conditioning secret program mind control program. The program left me with P.T. S. D. and because the DOC refused to give me treatment to deal with the P.T.S.D>(because to do so would mean taking responsibility for having caused it in the first place), I ended up being accused of assaulting one of the employees who assisted in helping to subject me through the program. Now I find myself in the long term solitary confinement unit subject to be locked away indefinitely as a human experiment gone terribly wrong. I want to expose this secret program to the public and help other inmates who have been subjected through this program to come out and share their experiences.
Cesar on Mind Control


Cesar's Mother Writes Senator Lena Taylor


My name is Rosa Maria Landeros de Leon. I am Cesar De Leon’s mother. He was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is the second oldest of four children. He has three siblings, two brothers and a sister. He likes to read, listen to music, and to cook for his family.
During his childhood in Mexico, he had a sheltered life and was closely taken care of by his mother. He was raised in a family with lots of love and care. We taught him to be respectful and shared with him good principles. He was an excellent student, and served as an acolyte at church.
When he was 8 years old, we had to move to the United States due to our financial struggles in our homeland. At first, he was doing so well at school that he even made the honor roll.  But unfortunately, my husband and I were both forced to work in order to survive. This gave Cesar the freedom to be out in the streets, meeting people that were a bad influence to him.
Cesar had to help me out by taking care of his baby brother while I was out at work. They had a very close relationship, and he loved him very much. But sadly, he died in 2010 from kidney failure, when he was only 18 years old, while Cesar was in prison. Not being able to be present for his brother’s funeral affected Cesar deeply.
Cesar has a 14 year old son who lives with us, his name is also Cesar. His father suffers for not being able to be with him. He knows that he made bad decisions in his life, and he’s paying a high price for his mistakes.  
He is a strong man, but many past experiences have broken him down. My son is a human being with virtues as well as defects; but his family loves him, and we share with him his suffering and struggles. 


Monday, May 23, 2016

LaRon McKinley, 27 1/2 years in AC and counting, art work here








My name  is  LaRon McKinley Bey. I am a 60 year old prisoner,
 unmarried, and with a 42 year old daughter.  I was born and
raised in Milwaukee, I am an only son with 7 sisters and am
 fortunate to have both parents still living, and whom I love
the most in this world. I came from a very strong and loving
 family but being away from them so long has had the effect
 of losing familiarity and increasing the distance of
familial ties.


I have been isolation (solitary confinement), or Administrative
Confinement (AC), for more than 27 ½ years, and it appears,
if my warders have it their way, that there’s no end in sight.
 This type of confinement has taken a toll upon me, but
 luckily I had good health early and. So I’m not devastated
health wise at this point. I remain strong,


I’m an artist and would love to spend the vast
majority of my days drawing but being in isolation
 has suppressed my creative output artistic-wise,
and I have lost the desire to even attempt an art
project for about 5 years now, which is one of
 the symptoms of my isolative confinement.
I’m hoping to, somehow, extract myself
 from isolation and into a more hospitable
 environment where I can resume expressing
 my artistic side. I love to do portraits. That frees
 my soul.


I am heading a lawsuit challenging prolonged AC, including of the mentally ill. The suit has the
 potential of really bringing major change in Wisconsin’s practice of prolonger isolative
confinement> I invite you to follow the progress in the case PACER (public access to court 
electronic records). The case is McKinley V Pollard et al , case No. 16-CV-521.in the Eastern
District Court of Wisconsin.
 


I would love to correspond too: La Ron McKinley Bey 42642, WCI, PO Box 351, Waupun, WI 53963.
LaRon's class action complaint, submitted in May 2016
2) Due to recent court ruling, A prisoners has to have a lawyer for his/her case before submitting
the case to the court. This is nearly an impossibility for prisoners . Here despite LaRon's repeated 
attempts to find a lawyer, Classs action was denied and LaRon is proceeding with individual claims.
Above is the complaint and below is the court's denial of class action status.
 








The  bit of DOC rules below is what keeps  LaRon McKinley in AC-
27 ½ years so far..


a) “the inmate presents a substantial risk.. as evidenced by a behavior or a history of homicidal
 or other violent  behavior or HISTORY of violence -the DOC uses his crime decades ago
 to hold him
He was very angry and violent 30 years ago. He escaped and shot  a guard. Years ago,when I
asked  him about  “his Crime” he wrote:

Its not that I don’t trust to write you a bio 
about me.  Its just that I don’t like 
( not ashamed, just not  comfortable with)
my past. I am tired of being judged by it. 
Every day or every hearing I have ,
every opportunity, every reminder 
that someone in a Doc  suit acts toward
  me that I am too dangerous  to  sit
 out in a lawn chair with them or their
 family, or with  anyone, and drink
 a soda or watch a sports event.
 They are  rubbing my past in my face.
 And so I am  tired of it, tired of being
 reminded of it or thinking 
of it as I already have a trillion times
  as it is what has
 reaped me this dismal existence.   
         

My artwork shows the beauty at which my  mind’s eye gages   and judges and I want
 others to see what I see and feel  in their  subjects and judge me on that measure.
(some of his art work is at here)"
 
The prison calls LaRon a psychopath. For me, he is a dear friend and someone whose
 judgement I trust. He often sets me straight when I ask him about conditions or
 occurrences that come to me in varied versions. He did throw feces at a guard at the end
 of a time of deep paranoia. WCI is out of control in my view and horribly corrupt in my 
experience. It takes someone incredibly balanced to not act out in the mayhem. 
Since that outburst, LaRon has got into the law and has better balance.



            


 

























Shirell Watkins Profile



Shirell Watkins 359661 WCI

My name is Shirell Watkins Sr (DOC #359661). I am a prisoner at the Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) in

Waupun , Wisconsin where I have been held since July7, 2010.

On September 16th, 2010, I was brought to WCI's restrictive Housing Unit ( called “RHU, then known as the health/segregation Complex “HSU”) and placed on temporary lockup (“TLU”) status.  I have been held in solitary confinement without end since. I am currently on Administrative Confinement (“AC) which is so -called non- punitive status.

 Since being placed in solitary confinement , I have completed the following programs: 1) phase one and 2) two of cognitive Group intervention program, 3) The coping skills group program and 4) the New Freedom program(which I have completed twice in RHU).

Since being placed in solitary confinement, I have been diagnosed with a depressive disorder; assigned mental health code one, prescribed Mirtazapine by psychological services; placed on clinical monitoring by psychological services, and I have been met with what I understand to be the following symptoms: severe mental anguishment, depression, sleeplessness, high stress, constant self communication, headaches, weight fluctuation, eye-aches, hyper- reaction to situations/incidents, isolation (lonelyness) short attention span, poor concentration and at times poor memory.

  As of today (May 2016),I have served 17 years and 10 months in the WI DOC. I was sentenced to 25 years in October 1998 for a February 1998 first degree reckless homicide charge at the age of 18 in Milwaukee, WI.  Upon being classified by the program review committee(PRC) duting intake at Dodge Corr. Institution, I was labeled with a Presumptive Mandatory release (PMR)status due to the violent crime and assigned the AODA program as an A/E need.

My PMR date is September 20, 2016. My last parole hearing was held on March 19th, 2015, and the commission deerred me to PMR. My next hearing will be in July 2016 for consideration for presumptive Mandatory Release. The commission made it clear at my March 2015 parole
 hearing that completion of ADOA Residential Program at institution level is required prior to release date. At my December 18, 2015, hearing with the Administrative Confinement Review Committee (ACRC) I was given a 6 month continuance of AC. My next AC hearing will be held in June 2016 for consideration of AC  release by the ACRC.

  On February 10 2016, I wrote to Parole Commissioner Dean Stensberg calling for release on parole- No action taken. On March 2 2016. I wrote to WCI Warden Bryan Foster calling for a release from AC status tto transitional status in order to push for lower custody through PRC and enrollment into the ADOA residential program once transferred to achieve release from prison on parole. The Warden has not responded. Along with causing and exasperating psychological and emotional issues within me, continued AC status keeps me in prison as it prevents parole.
Shirell Watkins SR 359661

profile RayShun Woods




  
Rayshun Woods 390831; WCI

I,Rayshun Woods of sound mind, hereby state the following this May 12th ,2016:
At all times relevant I was and still am a prisoner at WCI, (PO Box 351,  Waupun WI 53963-0351) in the Health Complex Unit(Segregation), now known as the Restrictive Housing Unit (RHU) as of June, 1st, 2015.
On July 21, 2012 , I was found guilty of Battery and Disobeying Orders, and given 8 days adjustment, 360 days of Program. ( program and Disciplinary Separation are the same, except on program, for every 2 says served in RHU/seg, 1 day is added to ones release date out of prison, extending your mandatory release date by a couple days, up to a couple months).

 On August 9, 2013, I was placed on Administrative  Confinement (AC).  A.C.is a form of solitary  confinement, except there is no set release date for a prisoner to be released from RHU/seg. There is onlya review every 6-months to be determined by the administration (security staff /officials). This decision, whether a prisoner should stay or be released from A.C.,can and does result in a prisoner being on AC for multiple years ( some have been on AC for 18 , 20 plus years).

During these 4 consecutive years in solitary confinement this coming July 2016, I have been alone in a cell for 23 or more hours per day with very limited physical contact with humans, very limited social  contact, and very little contact with the environment, and many other restrictions.

I am subjected to excessively loud disturbing noises, such as:yelling, screaming, banging on walls. Doors, metal sinks and toilets, 24- hours daily.

I am forced to be around prisoners who throw urine and fecal matter, and spit on individuals any chance they got .

I am forced to be around mentally ill prisoners (not prisoners with mental health issues, but actual prisoners who need to be in a mental health facility, such as: Mendota or Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC) not forcibly residing in the DOC facilities) who does not receive proper mental health treatment they need.

Since being in this RHU/Seg building 2012, I havve been subjected to contaminated drinking water and plastic peeling food trays and psychological classical and conversion thinking behavior tactics which aim to toture me. Unnecessary and exaggerated restrictive housing guised as non-punitive.

I have been dealing with severe mental and physical anguish, such as: headaches, depression, high stress, Isolation ( loneliness),sleeplessness and self communication.

Since my placement in solitary confinement, I have been experiencing:irritability and fear of impending death-hopelessness, major depression, emotional flatness, loss ability to have any feeling at times, mood swings -hostility, unprovoked anger, verbal outbursts-short attention span, poor memory, confused throught process, disorientaion-hypersensitivity to noises-self cutting and suicide attempts.

Since my placement in solitary confienmment, I have been diagnosed with Major Depression, Anti- Social Personality Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Since my placement in solitary confinemnet, I have been meeting with a psychologist frequently. I have been approved by Waupun Prison Mental Health Staff and Dicotr severaaa times to tak emedications for my mental health issues, ( but I refused for personal reasons). I finally agreed to the medication (Feb, 2016) because age mental torture is overbearing.

By the administration, I have been told to maintain positive behavior, complete programs , and remain conduct reports free, in order for AC to be lifted. As a result, I have maintained positive behavior since my entry into RHU/Seg 2012, I have been conduct report free since 2012, and completed all programs that were available to me, even the ones they never asked me to do. But still I remain in solitary  confienment on AC to this day.

Note: The DOC and Waupun (WCI) official have lied to the public and concealed the truth about their solitary confinement policies concerning AC prisoners, and the push and strain it has had and is having on our physical and psychological bodies.

The truth is they are psychologically torturing us, and negligently, and in some cases, are deliberately indifferent to the harm and risk it unfolds on us psychologically.

A.C. Prisoner in RHU/Seg,Waupun (WCI), Dodge County, WI
Dated this 12th Day of May, 2016

Rayshun Woods 390831
WCI;PO Box 351; Waupun, WI 53963

Sunday, May 22, 2016

" COMMON GROUND", A solution to long term isolation (AC)



 Brainchild of Uhuru, " COMMON GROUNDS"is a unique approach to ending AC-i.e. actual communication. FFUP proposed it to Warden Pollard in 2014(letter below). It was never even acknowledged. Maybe its time is coming.

Forum For Understanding Prisons(FFUP)
a 501c3 non profit


TO:                   Warden Pollard;Dr. Ingres;Dr. Ludigson;Toni Meli;WIDOC security Director;WIDOC health director
RE:     Longterm Seg./AC Programs WCI
September 29,2014Warden Pollard, et al:
Please find enclosed the CG (Common Grounds) longterm seg/AC program resolution that FFUP's "think tank" has put together and donated to Waupun to try to address the longterm seg/AC problems that exist there.
We believe a fresh look at the AC/longterm seg. problem is needed, and we believe common grounds can be part of that solution.Thank you for your attention to this matter.
We request feedback as to whether this program will be used or any comments on it.
Sincerely,


Peg Swan
 Member, FFUP
29631 Wild Rose Drive
Blue River, WI 53518
1-608-536-3993
Web:prisonforum.org


Common Ground (CGS)
Logline: Transitioning Prisoners From AC and Longtime Seg.
Goals: Addressing conflict resolutions that prisoners in AC/longtime segregation have with prison staff and/or among themselves, resulting in the hopeful transitioning and release from AC/long time seg.
Premise of Program: CGS begins with the premise that if a prisoner has been placed and held in AC/long seg. status there has to be an existence of some kind of conflict between either staff or the prisoner and other prisoners that has lead to this long time segregation placement.
Unique Approach: Instead of placing blame or approaching the conflict from a subjective point of view, CGS is designed to not take a particular position in the conflict, but equalize the concerns voiced by both the prisoners/staff conflict or prisoner/prisoner conflict that led to the AC/long seg. placement, and focus on resolutions without placement of blame.
This unique approach is effective because, as in any conflict, resolution and all points of view must be aired and respected as part of the resolution discussion. No problem has ever been solved by one party in a given conflict being burdened with blame, while the other takes on a superiority complex.
Objective: The objective is to find common grounds that everyone can respect each other’s security and classification concerns without placing blame and the use of inferiority labels that makes one party feel the need to be defensive, which is what most prisoners who are held in AC/long seg. feel. This defensiveness has been the main reason no previous administration/ clinical programs have successfully led to the prisoners transitioning and eventually being released from AC/long seg.
Designed: This is what makes CGS unique and effective. It was designed specifically with AC/long seg. prisoners in mind after careful review of complaints, court cases, and other view points of prisoners held in these statuses. The CGS think tank recognized the fault lines that kept the prison officials security claims and goals from registering with the prisoners and the prisoners’ views being considered by the prison officials. Both sides took a "my way or the highway" approach. Resulting in the stalemate with the prisoner stuck in AC/long seg. for indefinite years and the prison officials having to pay the cost of these prisoners becoming more defensive and in the more extreme cases, psychologically damaged beyond the objective penological goal of the status. And a psychologically damaged prisoner is not in anyone’s best interest. It is certainly not in the best interests of society, where some, if not most, of the prisoners will be freed to; nor the tax payers, who now have to pay extra to staff special housing units to police segregated mental units that are in fact disciplinary segregation units, which only exacerbate the original conflict.
Workshops: The CGS is organized in six workshop sessions:
Session One: Begins with both the prison official and prisoner reducing to written word what each feels is the contributory problems.
CGS freedom of expression: in order for the workshops to be effective there has to be a certain level of free expression. CGS believes all participants must be allowed to state their views free of punishment. Free expression does not entitle abusive language used to provoke or disrespect the other participants, or create more problems.
Session Two: begins with the prison official recitation of the prisoner's point of view and the prisoner recitation of the prison officials. Or, in case of prisoner/prisoner, each would recite the other's views. The participant must defend each other's view point as if it was their original view to examine and experience the difference in each other's views.
Session Three: begins with each participant putting forth prospective resolutions to the conflict, with discussion.
Session Four: begins with the mediator of CGS - a neutral and independent person - putting forth resolutions that participants should consider. The participants can accept or alter these resolutions and stipulate.
Session Five: begins with the participants pointing out what issues of concern that the other one has. They can agree these are ones to be dealt with and agreements to resolve them.
Session Six: begins with all participants putting forth future resolution commitments to prevent and stop future problems and incidents.
Completion of CGS: Upon completion of CGS, which is a six week session workshop, the prisoner participant should be placed in a transition housing to be phased back to general prison population.
Homework Assignments: After each workshop the participant should take a story of real life conflict (past and present, over the span of the workshops) and write a report stating now both sides to that real life conflict could resolve the matter. Also, what might be the fault line problems preventing the current resolutions. The reports should also point out valid points that each side has that should be taken more serious by the other side.
Final Report: At the completion of CGS, the participant should write a one hundred word essay
on how the examination of the report conflicts has impacted their opinion, and if so, made a change in view point.
Disclaimer: The reports written should be permitted some freedom of expression and not be used to continue AC/Seg. placement, nor future placement. The reports will be either read at sessions or by the mediator who will return them to the participant.
Rights: CGS was created by FFUP in house pro se legal consult, R. U. and FFUP reserves all rights.
Donation: FFUP waives the rights to WI DOC to use CGS as part of the prisoner AC/long time seg. remedy.