Nov. 7, 2019

Phone Access in Stanley

by Harlan Richards (author's profile)

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enerbonne Posted 2 weeks, 2 days ago. ✓ Mailed 5 days, 18 hours ago   Favorite
Hello Harlan,

Hope you've been well--settling in for another winter at Stanley.

Sending a note complimenting you on your phone service blog. I printed it out and will send to both Warden Reed Richardson and Kevin Carr....if that's ok with you? You spelled out the facts...and I want to reiterate that you're right and we're all being punished with the new system.

I'm working on projects by taking baby steps. I'm meeting with a retired judge in St. Croix County and we're working on a flyer that can be given to individuals and his or her family when they're faced with first time incarceration. Once experiencing the system, you learn what to do and not do...and how to do things. When John was taken from the courtroom by the bailiff....I was in shock, totally traumatized and didn't know anything about the system. I'd been in courtrooms many times--I started my working career as a newspaper reporter and had good relationships with all levels of law enforcement and the judicial system. But being on the receiving end of incarceration...I was totally lost.

In looking at surrounding counties and talking to staff--it doesn't appear that any jail has the product we're proposing. Talking to county jail personnel and looking at programs for county incarceration--it appears from the outside that Dunn and Eau Claire Counties have the most programs trying to benefit and help inmates. Knowing that what's on the annual report and knowing what actually happens at Stanley can be 2 different things--I'll be wary of claims until I see them in action.

Keep up the good work....I enjoy your wordsmithing and insight.


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