July 7, 2012

AMC 2012

by Gesa S. Kalafi (Stanley Felton)


AMC 2012

There are so many problems in prison with the prison administrations and the politics involved, as well as the impoverished communities that lead to prison, you almost lose your mind on where to start with the solutions.

The so-called Department of Corrections has the same problems as the Judicial System - Racism, Prejudice, Discrimination and lack of knowledge for Cultural differences, among other things. I understand some may say stop blaming and pointing fingers for justification reasons, however, there is a flipside to that argument, people must understand we cannot ignore when you blame or point the finger at an actual problem and who is actually causing it or facilitating it; these problems are, and always have been, real!, not a justification for one's conditions or actions.

There are too many problems to address, so this writer will limit this passage to one. Wisconsin has five (5) max prisons, i.e. Dodge, Waupun, Green Bay, Columbia and Wisconsin Secure Program Facility (WSPF - formerly known as the Supermax). I have been housed in four of the five aforementioned max prisons.

One thing I have noticed from being in those/these prisons is the prison staff, from the wardens to the rookie officers, to other staff, i.e. teachers, maintenance, etc. are predominately, in some cases, all white.

There is no racial diversity in the prison workplace in the max prisons in the state of Wisconsin whatsoever, and this is an obvious problem for Blacks and Latinos alike, as well as our families. This writer believes this is strategically done by the government in Wisconsin. There are so many racist staff in these Wisconsin max prisons they could start a Klan rally, and though their mentalities may never change, racial diversity is paramount in prison employment because it'll be very difficult for white racist officials to prevail with their prejudices and other acts of discrimination in the prison workplace if their coworkers are people of color.

I don't believe anyone will argue that the prison system in all of the United States are mainly Blacks and Latinos as prisoners; Wisconsin is no exception, yet the staff are all white in most prisons in Wisconsin, i.e. max, medium, and minimum - I'm not saying these white men and women should not have these jobs, but let's be real, you take these small-town white people, who already have preconceived notions about people of color via media and other things on how we are portrayed as doing all the crimes and being gang affiliated, then make them prison guards with no colored coworkers. We (colored people) are in serious trouble, which this writer has experienced firsthand.

I cannot speak for other races of the human race, but we black people know what it entails to be a part of a system controlled by all white people, which has never been good for us; this is a fact of history and presence.

Racial diversity in the Wisconsin prison administration is paramount, and though it may not be the absolute solution, it is a major piece to the solution puzzle.

Dated thus June 24, 2012

Gesa Kalafi-felton - 283330
Box 9900
Boscobel, WI 53805


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itsmeok Posted 11 years, 4 months ago. ✓ Mailed 11 years, 4 months ago   Favorite
The fact that there are more white people in the state than blacks may have something to do with it. Maybe because there are more whites than blacks in the country. Maybe it is just that not as many blacks have applied or are qualified for the position. I speak from experience and in my department at work I am 1 of 3 black men that work with about 50-60 whites. This is just on my floor and not the company as a whole. When we make the choice to seize control you can control your destiny. I choose to take control of my destiny when I was at Custer High school in Milwaukee. I choose to not make the choices that my other classmates made. Although I have had some run-in's with the law and made some mistakes the fact remains that even when you make a mistake, you can still control the outcome. When I was locked up, I was free in my mind because I had a plan. When I was released, I worked that plan. It was not easy and I had many bad days but I could never blame the white man for the mistakes that this black man made himself. The fact remains that there are consequences to our actions and we must pay what we weigh.

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