WISCONSIN DOC's LOSS of MISSION
examples of OLD LAW PRISONERS and TIS Prisoners TIS
Here is an example of a TIS prisoners asking for help, for treatment. There is nothing for him:
I am 23 years old, I have about 9 months to go. I have no support when I get out let along while I’m locked up. I am incarcerated for forgery and intimidation of a witness. I take full responsibility for my actions.
Here is a quick view of about thirty Old Law Prisoners to give you a sense of what we are talking about.
There are about 2500 old law prisoners eligible for release, some have been waiting for decades, all over 30 an about most took advantage of schooling, programs available before TIS was established in 2000. Since then schooling and programs have been drastically cut and there are few paroles.The prisons hold them as long as the law allows- usually til their MR or mandatory release date.
Here is a full Blog of old law prisoners with more complete stories
RELEASE OLD LAW PRISONERS AND FREE UP RESOURCES FOR THOSES WHO REALLY NEED THE PROGRAMS AND TREATMENT -for TIS inmates;
What we have found in the 16 plus years of working with prisoners, is that the majority of old law prisoners are truly ready to be contributing citizens. All were convicted of crimes committed be
fore 2000 and most were imprisoned when training and rehabilitative tools were readily available and prisoners could get PELL Grants. Many have multiple degrees. Even though approximately 2500 of these prisoners are eligible for release now, almost none are being released . They are being held to the maximum the law allows (MR or mandatory release date.)
Here is a chart by the DOC showing release numbers since 2000, when the crunch began .
terms used in chart below.
Extended supervision is for truth in sentencing prisoners
Mandatory release is at 2/3 of Old law prisoner' sentence. The law mandates his/her release
Parole :Old law inmates are eligible for parole after 25% of sentence if behavior was satisfactory
See chart :Parole of OLD LAW (bottom line)prisoners went from over 2000 a year the year 2000 to around 100 in 2012. In 2015 .27 were released on parole..Over 2500 -people are eligible.
A clearer view perhaps is this chart Release by type:
Look at discretionary parole. the last column-157 that's old law parole. They have to let them go at mandatory release unless there has been bad conduct. Then if they are still in, they go to "Direct Discharge." They have served every minute of their sentence. Sentences were long in pre TIS time because the judge knew the inmate would probably be released after serving 25 % of his time. The long sentences were an incentive to good behavior that worked. There was schooling programming and treatment.
SOME statistics that challenge myths:
The average age of an old law prisoner is 48, according to DOC statistics. Many older, many in their 60's and up.
Old law inmates are all over thirty in the main are not dangerous.
Solution two: stop reincarcerating people for non felonies
Wisconsin has a whopping 4000 prisoners who are there for parole rule violations- non felonies. Wisconsin is one of the few states that does this. Why?
Below is a listing of "incarceration by type". This is a DOC listing. Look at the last listing for 2013-14:"REVOCATION: NO NEW SENTENCE:3652 wow!!
Coming soon personal stories of revocation with no new sentence
Ron Schroeder was reincarcerated for tattooing a minor. The boy lied about his age. Not a felony. His story and others are coming.