Solitary confinement for weeks or months is inhumane. It is harsh and damaging for women. In 2014 the ACLU released its report on this subject. You can read the report here.
Larry Burg is a retired State of Wisconsin Correctional Sergeant who spent 30 years advocating for the safety and fair treatment of all human beings under his care. Larry has been employed on two separate occasions at Taycheedah Correctional Institution. During his three years serving on The Demeter Foundation Board Larry has held the office of Treasurer for the last year. He is currently employed by Veterans Health Administration as a Peer Support Specialist working in the Homeless Program in Madison, WI. Larry was married for 25 years before his wife passed away from breast cancer. He is now re married with a daughter, seven step children and three grandchildren.
He was voted in as Board President on July 27, 2017.
On July 11, 2017 The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Bill was submitted by U.S. Senators Booker, Warren, Durbin and Harris which was read twice and referred to the Federal Committee on the Judiciary to improve the treatment of Federal prisoners who are primary caretaker parents and other purposes. Components of this Bill could be adapted for the humane treatment of women in the Wisconsin Women's Correctional System. We value your comments and opinions as to how this Bill can impact Wisconsin. You can read the bill here.
The new Demeter Foundation brochure was created by a renowned Wisconsin graphic designer. She donated her time and talents to this wonderful piece that will be made available at presentations and events as well as available through the mail. You can view the .pdf of the brochure here.
Wisconsin State Senator Janet Bewley has written a letter of support for the work The Demeter Foundation is doing with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in the Wisconsin Women's Correctional System. You can read the letter here.
Let's start this dialogue.
Join the exploration of the cost of incarceration and the devastation within our communities.
Here at the Demeter Foundation we believe that this conversation be addressed with compassion and empathy. Beyond that whatever your stance is on incarceration there is no way to justify the amount of money spent and where it is being allocated.
If you have a loved one in prison you will see this through a different lens. But even if you see this from a taxpayer's view it doesn't make sense to continue the insanity. So let's discuss it.
Let's start by checking out the Summer Gallery at the Overture Center in Madison. Follow the link provided to their website: www.overture.org/events/faces-of-incarceration
Sunday, July 2...Madison, WI...No food. I dropped the Welcome Home Kit off and we were sitting on the stoop because she didn't want me to see inside where she was placed. The first question I ask is "How are you doing?" She started crying which is not unusual. The second question is "How did your first meeting with your Parole Officer go?" She said, "Fine. She was nice. "The third question is "Did you get your Quest (food) card yet?" The answer was "No because I had to take a UA to see if it tested positive for drugs." (She served three years in prison because of heroin addiction and possession) The fourth question is "What is your food situation?" She said, "I don't have any but I did have some cheese yesterday that one of the other women gave me.." No food. We talked for almost 45 minutes as I was taking notes to prioritize what she needed. So at 5 pm tomorrow I will be picking her up to take her to the grocery store. We have a limited budget for this but I can guarantee you we will do our best so this woman does not go hungry. After all these years I never get used to this...AP
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Our Blog will be updated and expanded in July 2017. Please stay tuned. We look forward to your feedback!