The blogger Between the Bars asked two political Prisoners in WSPF to Write essays on Solitary confinement.
loss of liberty, not humanity. Deprivation of the latter is not only cruel and unusual, but it is the denial of a human right; one the evolving standards of decency in today’s society should no longer permit. Then, why am I a witness to
it daily? I am imprisoned in Wisconsin Supermax, solitary confinement, where I’ve spent over a decade total on what I call “Psychological Death Row” for all around me is psychological death; prisoners who have literally been destroyed, annilated mentally. The assault on one’s sanity here is constant, and requires constant guard, sometimes to the expense of physical health. However, this is not an address to the panel to simply decry the conditions of this form of confinement, but rather for professional and legal aid, and ACTION – to strike while the iron is hot and
end these inhuman conditions. We have the international community declaring long term solitary confinement as torture, a human rights violation, the U.S. congress taking up the issue, and an expose’ on Nightline , NO WAY OUT [inside solitary confinement – 9-20-2012] , reporting on the physical [including brain damage] and pschological damages of such treatment. Below is what I attest to before you, and will do so under oath, and what I’ve been fighting as prisoner –to- prisoner legal aid, what I’m now fighting, and where your help is needed. Now is the time.
Berge., 164 7 supp2d 1096[w,d,wis 2001), the federal court determined(based on expert testimony] that Wisconsin Supermax conditions bordered on the barbarous in its treatment of the mentally ill, and enjoined them from being confined here. That injunction expired in 2008 and was never fully honored. Both then and now you had [and have] prisoners who have been diagnosed as psychotic, who repeatedly attempt suicide, who have multiple personalities, who
argue with and fight themselves, smear their own feces, and crank out persistently[bang on metal sinks, toilets, or shout incessantly] to the point of causing mental illnesses [anxiety disorder, psychosis, dysomnia, etc.] in other prisoners who had not been mentally ill. Medication is dispensed almost like candy, and many admit to taking psychotropic drugs just to sleep.
the following 2 cases from here: GILLIS V LITSCHER,468 f.3d 658 (7th cir. 2006)7TH circuit described this place as a soviet style gulag. Gillis, not mentally ill, was driven mentally ill, began to engage in self mutilation [case settled for over $400,000], BARRETT VS. WALLACE, et. al.,12-CV-24-bbc (w.d. wis) [now pending]. Sane prisoner driven insane,
repeated suicide attempts, c.o. who dispensed medication gave him PCP[medical reports on him – public record, exhibited in the case on court docket.) I’m currently his only assistance. He’s pro se, had the case
filed without my knowledge, now counsel and an expert witness in psychology is needed.
loss; nearsightted, which oneoptometrist stated comes from only being permitted to see objects the short distances that
an 8×12 cell sllows for years on end. I am one of those whose perfect vision has been destroyed. Another visual ailment gotten here is a condition in which we sometimes see a white mass float across the vision, similar to the “seeing stars “ phenomenon- just a white mass instead. The walls here are all white[no objects permitted to be hung on them]; very diminished visual, as well as overall perceptual stimulation. High blood pressure development among previous fit ,
young men, who had ideal pressure[self included] prior to going here is also rampant, as is high blood pressure related heart problems, aggravated asthmatic condition and vitamin D deficiency due to the lack of meaningful exposure to
sunlight [2 1/2 hours or less, often less or none a week] – which affects sleep, blood pressure, vision and other functions.
restraints, tethered to the cell door, on his knees, was punched in the face, rammed into the steel door, rammed into the concrete wall. , brutally attacked by several c.o’s, left with lacerations and a lump on his head the size of an egg. He refused the state’s settlement offer, and is now in the 7th cir. Appeals court over the issue of spoilation– defendants destroyed the video] Now as I write this , the prevalent method is to charge the prisoner with asslaut/battery and disorderly conduct- outside criminal charges, when the staff uses force against them. The D.A. returns to press charges against the staff, but charges victimized prisoners regularly and usually offers a low plea deal, which most take and bar
themselves out of civil court. A U.S. Justice Dept. investigation is underway.
enjoined. I am Muslim and Alkabulani, and they are targeting our racial class for this inhumane treatment and other deprivations – so many( like parole, which I’ve been eligible for since Jan. 2009] that the A.C. placement affects.
Racial slurs are spewed at times, including the following to me: “kill yourself nigger”, a message left in my clothes roll (prepared by staff, in ink we can’t have), and for which my complaint was alterred. Civil action has been initiated on the race issue.
#13-CV-BBC (w.d.wis) , a class action on 2 issues:  Racial discrimination in A.C. segregation/solitary confinement
overall, in disciplinary write-ups, maximum security and supermax placement, and  that A.C. and other long term solitary confinement is per se, in todays evolved standard of decency, unconstitutional, cruel and unusual, and a human
rights violation. In order for class certification to be granted we need counsel , and we will need expert testimony on the psychological effects, and physiological affects of this confinement. The court has already held these conditions,
at this very prison, are unconstitutional for the “mentally ill”, who are still housed here, so the illegality is clear; but, now is the time to show that it is the conditions themselves that also drive prisoners mentally ill and are , therefore, per se unconstitutional.
[a.k.a. Dennis R Jones-el] P.O. Box 9900
– WSPF , Boscobel, Wi.
53805-9900. [608 375-5656]- prison’s no. for arranging atty. Calls]
Prisons [FFUP] c/o Peg Swan,29631 Wild Rose Dr. Blue River, Wi. 53518’  5363993 (we are not working with others, and seeking to network more)
the American law, and from the point of view of lawmakers, prisoners are not human!
specialized jurisprudence to dehumanize this misanthropism body of law and practice. (See: Hamelin – vs. – Michigan, 501, U.S. 957, at 962-65 (1991)). Also, Celia Rumann, Tortured History: Finding Our Way Back to the Lost Origins of the Eight Amendment, 31 Pepp. 2, Rev. 661, at 684-93 (2004).(Describing the courts interpretations of the word “punishment” in the Eighth Amendment).
ones political, cultural, and spiritual rights, advocating HR for prisoners.
you shower and use the bathroom.
prophesies and paruesis, collectively known as shy bladder, which they turn into their tools of torture by using the perv-cam in (2).
are a grown person, and not a child, exercise, and try to stay active,you need more than just eh minimum. You need more.
this inhumaness, that is silently overlooked and kept secret, or people just don’t care to know.
are burning and destroying the minds in them. (P. 76).
contraband under their philosophy and can be censored under their case law. As anyone familiar with HR’s abuse know,
censorship is the tool used to conceal and control it and perfect the same. (See: WI.DOC.com, Wisconsin Prison Suicide Twice the National Average. 28 from 2001 – 2005).
undermined that it affords a prisoner no more protection than a slave. (Modern slaves). That’s right, the sacred 8th Amendment has
specialized standards that are weakened stylized for application to prisoners.
(International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights), created in 1966, offers the same protection language previously discussed.
by Article ~Q (1); (convention against torture, p. 85). (19) There is a colossal difference between the U.N. Charter ICCPR and convention against torture kinds of protection and that of the 8th Amendment. The 8th, for one, does not “protect the treatment of prisoners”. And this is based upon the case law and the rulings in which prisoner’s rights and abuses inflicted have been justifiably upheld4.
apply to prisoners, only to people not in prison or perhaps people with money and connections.
either of those.
walk into the game and play a laced and loaded game, knowing they are being “hunted”. As Thurgood Marshal reportedly once said, before joining the enemy’s table, “If you cannot articulate what your rights are, then you don’t have any.” (Paraphrased). Because those in power are not going to treat you fair and equal when that equal and fairness rides against their own greedy interest;
weakens ~f takes power out of their hands.
made comprehensive recommendations that have been ignored. Send the tsunami’s of letters.
Send in the “NAMI’s”
A Voice From the Fire
Ras Atum-Ra Uhuru Mutawakkil
P.O. Box 9900 #228971
Boscobel, WI 53805
Norman C. Green JR U.S.A.
footnotes:2Nov., 1969, Art. 74 f2), O.A.S. T.S., NO ~.
~ See: John Hemy Stone’s “The International Convenant on Civil Political Rights and U.S. Reservation”- 7 U.C. Davis J. hit. LL & Pol’y 1, 9 – 10(2001). (Positing that these reservations allow the U.S. govt. to make laws in contravention of ICCPR standards).
4David Heffeman’s “America, The Cruel and Unusual?” An analysis of the Eighth Amendment under international law, 45 Cath. U.L. Rev. 481, 540 (1996) (quoting Manfred Nowak, U.N. Convenant CCPR commentary.