Sunday, May 22, 2011

Warden With No Stripes?

Written on May 2, 2011,

   Today we have some guy with no stripes working 2nd shift on my unit. We've seen him before, but he always worked with some kind of Sargent's supervision. Well, unfortunately, our usual second shift Sgt. retired on Saturday after 34 years. She was a sweetheart; we'll all miss her in here. Now this guy is acting like he's the newly elected warden in here. Yelling at everyone for everything, including making his own rules that are even outside of the printed institutional guidelines in the rulebook. The problem is, who am I to dispute it with him? I have too much to lose at this point. So I just shut my mouth and walk away...

Until later...

~J. Doe

Monday, May 16, 2011

Nearly Terminated

Written on May 1, 2011,

   Well, it's been a really stressful week with all of this homework. I've been getting my daily assignments done just fine, but have been neglecting my autobiography. I have been pondering whether I should be continuing this blog while in the program. There is someone else in the program who was nearly terminated from the program due to writing a blog. His blog has been linked to mine and his can be found here. (Or, if you'd rather, the URL is though he has chosen to put his writings on hold due to unfortunate issues with in the Wisconsin Prison System he has PLENTY of content to view.  ~ "3rd Party") Now the other day a Unit Sargent asked me how she could find my blog. I was honest and told her how to find it. I don't have anything to hide really. I did sign confidentiality agreements though. So I won't be able to talk too specifically about what goes on in my group. Just about my personal experience.

   I'm in program hours Monday through Friday, from 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. and again from 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. If we aren't in group we are expected to be doing something program related. I'm hoping that after I talk to my Social Worker tomorrow about using the computers, possibly he can work out something for allowing me to type my daily logs on them as well. I'll have to find out then.

Until tomorrow...

~J. Doe

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pieces of My Life

Written on April 24, 2011,

   So when I was moved here from the ninth floor in general population, they gave me the last remaining bunk in a four-man cell. There are ten four-man cells in the unit. The other three guys in my cell are four months into their program. They're all here for OWIs too. I get along with them pretty well since they're all in their late 40's or early 50's, so they're more laid back than the majority of the younger guys I've been locked up in the past. They all warned me that the Social Worker that runs my group will be swamping me with tons of work. I have to keep reminding myself everyday that when I finish the program I'll be going home to my loving family all that much sooner.

   I'm trying to take advantage of every aspect the program has to offer. Especially when it comes to re-entering society. I'll need all the help I can get to find a job and work out transportation as well. I just hope the pieces of my life start to fit back together soon.

Until later...

~J. Doe

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Moving On Up!

Written on April 23, 2011,

   Well, I actually was moved to the program floor on Monday, April 18th. I finally started my program that day. I met everyone who was in my group and slowly, throughout the day, I met the other 30 inmates that are in other groups. There are four groups with ten inmates in each group. So far we have watched two movies in our group and had to write “Reaction Papers” on them. How we can relate to the movie. Then we wrote a three page paper on “Why we are in the Earned Release Program and what we expect to get from it”. To top it off, we also have to keep a Daily Journal. We were taught the difference between a diary and a journal and given examples of things to write about in our Journal. We also have been assigned our big assignment. An autobiography! Not just a typical, quick, run-through of our lives chronologically, but an alphabet autobiography. Basically, we have to use the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, come up with subject words that begin with each letter, and write a chapter for each letter. Our Social Worker that runs our group expects us to be thorough but wouldn't give us an exact number of pages to be it. He only said the average number of pages has been 67 pages in his past groups. I'm the second youngest member of any of the groups he has had here, so I hope he has kept this in mind. I have half the timespan to write about! I don't doubt I could write hundreds of pages about myself, but with everything else I have to do, I don't know if I have enough time. I'll write more tomorrow, I promise. The lights just went dim since it's 10:00 P.M., so it's hard to see.

Until tomorrow...

~J. Doe

Monday, May 9, 2011

Still Waiting...

Written on April 16, 2011,

   So for some reason they still have me waiting to be moved to my program unit. I got moved to a different cell in the same unit again. My last cellmate worked doing custodian work on 3rd shift, so the cell I was in with him was considered a “worker cell”. When they hired another inmate worker, they decided to give him my bunk. I then took his old bunk. My new cellmate is Mexican, but he speaks good English. I'm glad for that part. He doesn't talk much though. Other than that, my week has been pretty redundant. I really only leave my cell to shower, eat, or get ice from the ice machine. I don't really care to get to know anyone in this unit since I'll be moving soon. Anyhow, I hope I have more to write about soon, as I feel like I haven't been putting the amount of time I should be into this blog.

Until then...

~J. Doe

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility: Wasted Tax Money Yet a Lesson in Diversity

Written on April 9, 2011,

   Well, I’ve been at M.S.D.F. since Wednesday, April 6th. It took me a little while to get settled in.  After the bus ride here, we unloaded our property from the bus. Then we went into the intake area of the building.  It was like D.C.I. all over again.  Bright yellow uniforms were issued to us after yet another strip search.  Then we took new pictures for our new IDs.  Funny thing is, they’re identical to the last ones we had!  We then had another Psych. Evaluation, even though all of our medical records came with us, including our last Psych. Evaluation.  If you ask me, it’s all a huge waste of time, and a poor excuse to waste tax dollars on a facility like this.  In all my experience with the Department of Corrections in Wisconsin, this facility has got to be the poorest use of money (tax dollars) that I have seen yet.  It is run like a Super Max Prison and is only classified as minimum/medium security. 

   Next we were taken, one by one, to stand at a table while they sorted through our property.  They also introduced us to the gourmet-style meals we’ll be enduring over the next six months.  They decided to not let my second set of headphones in, along with some random adapters for my T.V., an extension cord, and my sneakers.  All of this stuff gets boxed up until I leave this facility, whether to go home or to another facility.

   A short while later the C. O.s brought us up to the ninth level to our temporary cells in General Population.  A lot of people in my position would have been really out of place in this unit.  I was the only person from the group that is starting ERP soon to be put in this unit.  I also am exactly half of the Caucasian population in this unit!  There are 44 inmates, 2 of which are white, 3 are Hispanic, and 39 are black.  I see a lot of people getting intimidated if they are in my position, but I don’t let it bother me that I’m the minority in here.  I guess I’m kind of used to it by now. 

   First they put me in a cell on the lower tier with an older guy (54) and he was one hell of a talker.  He meant well but sort of annoyed me with his repetitiveness.  After being his cellmate for a day, they moved me to the upper tier so someone coming in with some sort of a problem with walking up stairs could have my bunk.  My new cellmate is 25 and is cool by me.  We get along alright.  He asks me questions about white people and it cracks me up!  I guess stereotypes go BOTH ways!!!  We watch a lot of the same T.V. shows so that helps out too.  Then we don’t always have to wear our headphones.  Anyways, I’m glad we get along.  Some of the other guys give him shit in the unit because he has a white cellie.  They really didn’t know what to think when they heard us up until 3 A.M. the first night after I moved in.  We just sat up talking, laughing, and joking for a long time.  Everyone was dumbfounded the next day when they said, “We heard you and your cellie up choppin’ it up all night last night.”  He just said back, “Yeah, he’s cool as hell, actually.”  Then the weird looks, and everything I normally got, went away.  Anyhow, the lights are about to go out for the night. 

Until tomorrow…

~J. Doe

Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility

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Mr. John Husz, Warden
1015 North 10th Street
P.O. Box 05740
Milwaukee, WI 53205-0740
FAX 414-212-6811


The Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility protects the public by detention, accountability and programming of adult inmates in a safe and secure institution while remaining committed to the goals of successful reintegration to the community.


The Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) is a high-rise, medium security correctional facility in downtown Milwaukee. Although it is statutorily an adult institution, MSDF functions in a similar manner to that of a jail operation. Unlike other Department of Corrections institutions, MSDF accepts offenders 24 hours a day, and has an intake booking/objective classification process closely resembling that of a county jail.

The Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility was built to meet the specific needs of Probation and Parole, knowing that public safety is best served when a non-compliant offender can be held in secure detention for a period of time pending investigation of an alleged violation. During this time, the alleged violation can be investigated and the offender can be placed into programming, including appropriate treatment. Following this placement, some offenders may return to the community while others may be revoked and sentenced to a period of confinement. The operational philosophy of the facility is unit management – the inmates stay on their assigned floors and services are brought to the housing units on the floors.

The uniqueness of this institution has attracted interest from around the United States. There are very few high rise detention facilities throughout the country. The ones that exist typically do not provide the programming and collaboration with the community that MSDF does; something that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections feels is an important component to offender change and public safety.

The Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility has a capacity of 1,040 felony offenders, with beds designated for male (as well as 42 beds for female) offenders who have been on supervision in the community and are pending investigation of probation or parole violations. There are also 210 beds used to provide Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction (AODA) programming, focusing on Alternatives to Revocation (ATRs). The average stay in the general holding cells is 67 days. The average stay in the AODA ATR program is 3 months.


Additional information on MSDF can be found in their annual reports."
Annual reports and other information can be found on the source page.