Letter to Mr Rick Raemisch, Secretary of Wi Department of Corrections, about Steven Stewart

This letter was sent recently to the Secretary of Wisconsin Department of Corrections, to point out some new abuses and unhelpful acts by staff. We recently heard as well that Steven has another infection. Steven needs to be paroled and cared for at home, so that he can get his life back, after having been in prison for 23 years while not having carried out the crime for which he was convicted, more than 10 of which have been spent in solitary confinement.

To: Mr. Rick Raemisch, Secretary
Wisconsin Department of Corrections
3099 East Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7925
Madison, WI 53707-7925
USA

March 2nd, 2010

Dear Mr Raemisch,

My name is A.P., I am a friend of a prisoner in Wisconsin called Steven D. Stewart (DOC # 143599, held in WSPF) since at least 4 years, and I visited him last year from Holland.

Mr Steven Stewart has a serious illness: MS, and many physical complaints stemming from that, as well as from being locked up in solitary confinement since many years, I mean 14 years. Mr Stewart will see the parole board again for the second time in May of this year. He is very ill and it is time that the facts are faced by the department of corrections: that he is no threat to anyone, he badly needs medical care, and he needs to be on his way out towards rehabilitation.

Instead, on Jan 31st or Feb 6th, Mr Stewart was locked in a “stripcage” for 3 hours, all his mail was taken, and now he is in another cell with no other prisoner near to have any contact with. Staff at WSPF tell him he has mail, yet they do not bring it to him.Why is Mr Stewart being treated so roughly? Why is he not being treated for his rectal prolapse? What if he dies in that cell, will you claim responsibility for his lack of medical care? What will you tell his family? Why has Mr Stewart been inundated with conduct reports ever since he spoke out against being mistreated in 2005? Surely the way Mr Stewart has been treated has nothing to do with “corrections”?

I hope that you can provide the answers to these questions I have, since I do not understand how this very ill man can be in a supermax prison for years on end with no program to help him out of there, nor any meaningful medical care. People who support Mr Stewart on the outside have for years tried to get medical care for Mr Stewart, and to get him to a more appropriate level of incarceration for someone with complex medical illness. Yet, our calls have gone unnoticed it seems. Mr Stewart still has no medical care and he is still being kept in a place where he could die at any time, because he has infections that are precarious in his situation.

Also, he receives psychological and physical harassment on a daily basis. How much can a person take? The judge did not order the state to have Mr Stewart undergo such torture on top of being incarcerated.Thank you for your time in listening to me. I hope you will ensure the safety, dignity, respect and care that Mr Steven Stewart (and all those who are being held in prisons under your supervision) is entitled to as a fellow human being.

Yours faithfully,
A. P.

Cc: Steven D. Stewart, #143599
ACLU Wisconsin
Humanity for Prisoners, Michigan