LaRon McKinley, 27 1/2 years in AC and counting, art work here
My nameis 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.
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)"
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.