Dental floss may prevent toothaches, but it's given jailers plenty of headaches.

Published in Current Events
Monday, 12 September 2011 16:23

Getting ready for reentry

Inmates are getting help at prison transition fairs

by Nicholas Backus,Staff Writer/ Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:19 PM CDT

LINO LAKES – Among the hardened faces at the prison last week, there were more reasons than one to crack a nervous smile or two.

Inmates attending the transitions fair are all scheduled to exit prison within one year, and the fair was a chance to get some help. For some, being released from the daily routine of prison life can also bring feelings of anxiety of the unknown.

Inmate Mark Larson, in prison on weapon charges, is overwhelmed by the fact he’s getting out this November.

“It’s scary to get this close (to release) while not having the information (provided at the fair),” Larson, 28 said. “It’s overwhelming finding out that I didn’t have the information that I thought I did.”

About 40 social services vendors from across the state visited the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility in Minnesota on Aug. 16 to help soon-to-be released prisoners reintegrate into society. It’s part of the DOC’s efforts to confront and cut down on state recidivism rates of about 50 percent, which means half of all ex-offenders end up committing crimes and get reincarcerated.

Published in Prisoner Support

6:44 PM Mar 24, 2011 
Andrew Fefer

Prison inmates preparing food on a tray line
An area lawmaker is proposing cuts that would affect jail and prison inmates. He says cutting back on meals and charging for medication could save the state millions every year

 Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials appear lukewarm over a Democratic lawmaker’s proposal to scale back inmate meals to two a day.

“Generally, there would be some concerns about the climate that might create within the institutions,” says DOC spokesman Tim LeMonds, “and any health risks that might be involved.”

Rep. Mark Radcliffe, D-Black River Falls, is seeking co-sponsors for his proposal to cut state inmate meals from three to two a day. He also plans to introduce a bill that would require prisoners to pay part of the cost of medications they receive.

LeMonds says DOC officials have yet to review Radcliffe’s proposals, but in general there are a number of concerns, chief among them safety.

Published in Prison Legal News
October 29, 2010

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prison guard allegedly coerced male inmates into letting him give them oral sex in exchange for bringing them contraband, and his superiors initially failed to stop the assaults despite warning signs, according to previously confidential records obtained by The Associated Press.

Published in Prison Legal News

November 10, 2006 9:49 AM PST

What: A Wisconsin prison inmate says he has the First Amendment right to receive printouts of e-mail replies to his online personal ad.

When: The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on November 1.

Outcome: The appeals court says the inmate's lawsuit against the warden of the Green Bay Correctional Institution can proceed.

What happened, according to court documents:

Jevon Jackson is an inmate in Wisconsin's Green Bay Correctional Institution, a maximum-security facility.

Published in Prison Legal News

Gil Halsted
Thursday, August 26, 2010

 A Wisconsin state appeals court has rejected a convicted murderer's bid for a new trial.

But an attorney with the Wisconsin Innocence Project says there's still reason to question the forensic science used to convict him.

In 2006, 23-year-old Christopher Jones was convicted of robbing and murdering a mentally disabled man in Milwaukee. In appealing his conviction, Jones's attorney -- with support from the International Innocence Network-- asked the court to write new rules barring evidence that claims to link a bullet from a crime scene to a particular gun.

Published in Prison Legal News

Aug. 9, 2010

by David Tenenbaum

Wisconsin - It comes as no surprise that many children suffer when a parent is behind bars. But as rates of incarceration grew over the past 30 years, researchers were slow to focus on the collateral damage to children.

The best estimate says that at any one time, 1.7 million (about 2.3 percent) of all American children have a parent in prison, says Julie Poehlmann, a professor in the School of Human Ecology and investigator at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Published in Family Support