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posted Dec 18, 2017, 11:55 AM by Sophia Webmaster

Earlier this year, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) sent EXPO Leader Ventae Parrow to MSDF (Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility) without justification. This move was clear retaliation against Ventae for his speaking out about injustices within the system. Like so many people in Wisconsin, Ventae was re-incarcerated without having been convicted of any crime.

Ventae has spent over five months in the inhumane conditions at MSDF awaiting a revocation hearing. DOC might decide to send him back to a facility up north. During this time he has continued to be a bold advocate for the people held at MSDF, organizing others to send letters describing their experiences, which has made up the bulk of the stories posted on the closemsdf website.  

If you have met him or seen him speak you know Ventae’s passion for system change, as well as his own personal transformation. If you have not had that privilege, check out this video.

Ventae's hearing will be on December 20th.  We are calling on the Department of Corrections to recognize the injustice of locking Ventae up. We want him returned to the community.  

You can help!

Please contact - today - Department of Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher at 608-240-5055 orJon.Litscher@wisconsin.gov and let him know that it is time to free Ventae and to end the practice of re-incarcerating people who have not committed a new crime.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West joined EXPO Radio on December 13th to talk about why it is time todecarcerate Milwaukee and shut down MSDF.

You can listen to that program here. Click here to listen to past episodes of EXPO Radio.

All the candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor have been invited to participate in a WISDOM/EXPO Forum on Revocations:

WISDOM/EXPO Forum on Revocations
Wednesday, January 17 
12 pm
Grace Episcopal Church MADISON (116 W. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53703)
RSVP here.

For more information, visit 

Please share this information widely and help us build the hashtags #CLOSEmsdf and #BUILDcommunities.

The next #CLOSEmsdf Coalition meeting:
Tuesday, December 19 
6 pm 
Welford Sanders Enterprise Center, 2821 N. 4th St., Suite 108, Milwaukee 53212. 

Please help us continue this important work with an end of the year contribution.  Donate here.