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Retaliation against hunger strikers at Menard – windows blocked, strikers beaten – Call-In Day Monday

April 25, 2014

The following consists of excerpts, lightly edited by Alice Lynd, from letters by eight men in Administrative Detention at the Menard Correctional Center in Illinois, dated April 12-14, 2014.

Windows covered

On the morning of Saturday, April 12, 2014, maintenance workers drilled big metal boxes on the outside of our windows. We can no longer see out the windows and barely any sunlight comes in.

All of the windows in the High Security Unit are being covered (blocked) with a steel covering in retaliation of our hollering out to the protestors that marched outside the facility during our last hunger strike.

We were told, “How you like your view now?”

Menard hunger striker supporters Southern Illinois University students, community drumming, shouting protest outside prison 021314 by Luke Nozicka, Daily Egyptian

These are the protesters whose drumming and shouts of encouragement outside the prison buoyed the Menard hunger strikers on Jan. 27 and again, here, on Feb. 13. They are community members and students from Southern Illinois University, attended by over 25,000 in Carbondale, Illinois. The next day, Angela Davis spoke at the school, calling the prison system a new form of slavery. – Photo: Luke Nozicka, Daily Egyptian student newspaper

With summer approaching, not only will our air flow circulation be affected, but we … have steel doors. We will now be forced to live in what will amount to an extremely hot tomb. I’m thinking there has to be a whole lot of information available dealing with … the effects of no natural sunlight in an area of indeterminate placement.

Orange Crush

C-wing. On Saturday, April 12, 2014, Orange Crush (Special Response Team who dress in orange) came running into the HSU to shake [us] down. We were strip searched and had handcuffs put on our wrists so tight it cut off the circulation to our hands. When we complained about this we were told to shut the fuck up and keep our heads down and eyes on the ground.

We were escorted to the shower and taunted with “Hunger Strike Bitches”; “When’s the next hunger strike–tough guys? HA, HA, HA.”

In the showers our heads were shoved into the walls and told, “Put you fucking heads on the wall!” … [T]hey would walk back and forth shoving our head against the wall, screaming, “I said put your fucking heads against the fucking wall!”

We heard screaming coming from the downstairs showers. Other AD prisoners were screaming, “Quit slamming his head!” “Warden, investigate this!” etc. …

[Assistant] Warden Lashbrook came to the upstairs shower asking us if we had any questions. One at a time prisoners were escorted to talk to her in a hallway and all of us prisoners could hear the conversations.

One prisoner asked if there were going to be any AD rules implemented and she said, “We aren’t working on any rules and you’re not getting any rules.” One prisoner asked her why we are in AD and she said, “You know why the fuck you’re here. You all know.” After speaking with three prisoners, she said, “Fuck this. That’s it.” While going back to our cells she sarcastically said, “Any mice? Find any mice?”

Once back in our cells we realized … our pens were missing in order to prevent us from writing grievances. Our property was slung all over and some of it was destroyed. Also they took small things out of spite. Out of a deck of cards, one prisoner was missing one card. Out of a chess set, one prisoner was missing one chess piece.

B-wing. On April 12, 2014, the special unit tack [tactical] team called Orange Crush came up to B-wing where we in AD is located and searched our cells. … We was strip searched [and] cuffed up. Our heads was forcefully pushed down [and we were] not allowed to look up. We was then taken to the showers and lined up against the shower walls. … The showers walls are not clean, which we requested during the hunger strike on our grievance, which they have went back to how things was before the hunger strike. But when I refused, the tack team pushed me against the shower wall with my face against the dirty wall and held me there. … Then they started to put us in rows of three starting from the back shower wall.

During the whole time we were being extracted from our cells, [Assistant] Warden Lashbrook, Internal Affairs Lt. Reichert, Major Ziggler, Internal Affairs Supervisor Ms. Hecht including others was present.

While in the shower, we was asked if we wanted to talk to Warden Lashbrook, which we all said yes. We was then escorted one by one by tack team to talk to Warden Lashbrook, which was right outside the showers. When I approached Warden Lashbrook, the tack team pushed my head down so that I couldn’t see who I was talking to, which I stated, “How the fuck am I supposed to know who I’m talking to if I can’t see them.” Which then I was allowed to look up. …

I asked Warden Lashbrook why was I back on Administrative Detention. She responded by saying, “You don’t know why you are on AD?” I said, “No!” “So you don’t have no idea?” I said, “No. Nobody informed me in no such way, neither in writing or verbal …” She then stated that, “Well I don’t have to tell you anything for the safety and security of the institution.”

I then asked her, “Why haven’t we gotten any AD Orientation Manuals or a hearing to challenge our placement on AD or get a copy of our 90-day reviews, at least be present. Because right now, we don’t have ANY due process or any way to challenge AD … If I was to get a disciplinary report, I get a hearing to defend myself against Seg placement. We don’t have any way to challenge A.D.

I filed a grievance, and I was told that AD is an administrative decision and it’s not grievable. And I exhausted my remedies all the way to the ARB and was denied. Stateville and Pontiac gives AD inmates orientation manuals that explain the program.” She then stated, “We are not going to give none of you guys no orientation manuals or hearings, no matter what anybody says. If you don’t know why you are here, then that’s your problem.” Then the tack team took me back to the shower.

Then others went to go talk to her. When Tillman, R40962, went to talk to Warden Lashbrook, there was a argument with Tillman and Warden Lashbrook over the illegal conditions of confinement. … I guess the tack team didn’t like how the conversation was going and I heard them say, “Come, bring your ass, you’re done.” So I turned around and saw the tack team pushing Tillman head down and bringing his arms up to the back of his head, which Tillman was cuffed behind his back. Tillman was yelling, saying, “My fucking head is down. You hurting me. Stop doing that shit.” The tack team was yelling, “Put your fucking head down.”

The tack team forcefully pushed Tillman against the dirty shower wall and when Tillman moved his face off the shower wall, the tack team rammed his head against the wall hard enough to make a empty coconut sound. All of us in the shower starting yelling to Warden Lashbrook, saying, “You see this, your tack team rammed Tillman head against the wall for no reason. Look, look, look, they doing it again!”

The tack team took Tillman down to his knees and had their stick in the back of Tillman head so it can push his head against the wall. We was all yelling to Warden Lashbrook to have her stop assaulting Tillman. She responded by not saying nothing and walking away. …

I do fear for my safety, security and wellbeing. This unlawful, unwarranted and excessive use of force was completely unnecessary. The fact that it was done in front of the warden and intel proves that they have NO moral standings, no standards and that all of our safety and security could be in jeopardy at any given time.

The tack team then took Tillman to the front of the shower where I can hear Tillman saying that his head hurt and that he needs to see medical attention. Somebody told Tillman, “You ain’t getting no medical attention, and if you don’t like it, go on a hunger strike and cry about it like you guys like to do, and file a grievance.” …

After about two hours or so, we was taken back to our cells. When me and my cellmate was brought back to our cell, it was destroyed. Me and my cellmate property and legal work was all mixed up and some was torn up and some was in the toilet. … Me and my cellmate was missing legal work. … Envelopes are missing. … They took most of our pens, and right now, there is 10 of us on B-wing and we have to share two pens between all of us. And some of our paper was taken. … It’s clear that the IDOC [is] still angry about the hunger strike.

After the hunger strike, everything went back to how it was prior to the hunger strike. They don’t clean or mop the showers or wing, no disinfectant to clean the cells, no orientation manuals or hearing. Basically, nothing! The struggle still continues and it looks like it gonna get harder.

I was physically assaulted by tactical unit member(s). During the shakedown they were trying to use intimidation methods, screaming and yelling etc. This one CO (correctional officer) kept telling me to put my head down, to which I kept telling him, “If I put my head down any lower my glasses are going to fall off.” One CO actually pushed my glasses back onto my face as they had almost fallen. … At this time I was placed a few feet away from other inmates. This CO punched me in my ribs and he then took my glasses saying, “You can’t have these anyway. These are wire-frame.” … I reported being punched and the warden only said, “I thought you wanted to ask about AD.”

I asked about my placement in AD, receiving something in writing on why I am in AD … and allow me to challenge such placement, a statement given to inmates in the form of a rule book that lets us know the rules, regulations and standards of AD and how we can not only challenge placement but know what we must do to get released.

She took a firm stance and said, “There will be NO rule book. You will not receive anything in writing. We make the rules and we don’t have to tell you why you are in AD. Also, that we know why we’re here.” … I also asked what about the effects of long term isolation especially for mentally ill inmates in AD and disciplinary segregation. She stated, “Stop catching tickets!” I responded, “What would you have a mentally ill person do?” She stated, “Follow our rules and do their time.” Which is clear to me where the administration stands on our issues!

We need help! … Grievances will not work.

After we talked, this CO led me back into the shower area where all the other inmates were being held. Upon pushing me into the shower he was lifting my arms into the air behind me by my cuffs. I told him he didn’t have to do all that and as he was lining me up against the wall he started repeatedly banging my head on the wall saying, “Put your head down.” …

At this point he began putting all of his weight down in between my hands onto the handcuffs, saying, “Get on your knees.” I wouldn’t. He then started saying, “Slip the cuffs. I want you to” etc. … He then led me towards the front of the shower. … He began banging my head on the wall. Everyone started yelling to the warden, intel and other officers saying, “Ya’ll see this? He’s banging his head on the wall.”

I don’t know if it was the same CO, but my feet were kicked from up under me. I didn’t fall because CO was still holding and pulling the handcuffs. My shower shoe went sailing across the shower floor. At this time I was placed on my knees between an old out-of-compliance toilet and the shower bars. I stayed there until shakedowns were complete. I asked for medical attention at least three times. I was ignored and laughed at one of those three times.

I asked the CO working our wing (unit) that day. … He stated he was about to go home; his shift was over. Grievance filed! I missed med-tech when she did her rounds. I was asleep. I felt groggy and my head was hurting and I was dizzy and disoriented when I first tried to get up. … My eyes were hurting, my back and neck. I threw up almost immediately (I had had no food by this point). … My nose was bleeding.

I filed emergency grievance for immediate medical attention along with turning in sick-call request. I explained my symptoms to the CO. He stated it’s maybe a concussion. I don’t know. I know my head is still hurting and sometimes swimming, especially when I stand up. My eyes also. My wrist from the cuffs, my back and neck also.

I do fear for my safety, security and wellbeing. This unlawful, unwarranted and excessive use of force was completely unnecessary. The fact that it was done in front of the warden and intel proves that they have NO moral standings, no standards and that all of our safety and security could be in jeopardy at any given time.

We must also realize that I am the third victim of an assault back here in administrative detention since the hunger strike! … The fact that … warden told them to take the pens and that every time they try to fix something we find something else to complain about, and we always writing grievances. These are no longer empty threats. They are assaulting inmates and stealing from us. … This is a dangerous time. …

We need help! … Grievances will not work. It’s beyond that. I had my head banged on the wall, punched and kicked! … Mental health professionals are telling me I have to find a way to just deal with it! I can’t anymore! What am I supposed to do? I’m begging for an answer because I honestly do not know anymore!

Double bunking

Another very dangerous policy [is] being enforced here in the High Security Unit. They have begun forcing individuals to accept double bunking. … Even more dangerous is that the facility is reviewing each individual’s past or present affiliations to intentionally place individuals with opposite past or present affiliations. …

The facility is intentionally placing known enemies in cells together. They are doing this with the threat of disciplinary action and forcibly moving individuals into cells they do not want to go in. An already stressful, volatile, dangerous situation is being intentionally increased by the forcing of double bunking. …

Should something happen in one of these cells because of the administration’s forcibly placing individuals together, I’m sure they would sell it as completely and totally the fault of those in the cell. … It’s clear they’d prefer our focus to be on each other and not them. But this is clearly a recipe for disaster.

Concluding remarks

There has now been a total of three inmates assaulted since the date of Jan. 15, 2014. Armando Velasquez was assaulted Jan. 15, 2014, moved to the hospital unit and hasn’t been seen since. Rodolfo Rosas was assaulted in the early part of March 2014 and remains in AD. Joseph Tillman was assaulted April 12, 2014, during shakedown. All assaults were made by correctional officers of Menard.

We are not safe, and there is no oversight, as even the warden has turned a blind eye to an assault.

The roads ahead will be long and hard, but through the process we shall endure, not because we want to but because we don’t have any other choice! We stand to fight the powers that be, armed with intelligence, dedication, determination, discipline, patience, persistence as means to persevere. …

[From a letter to the warden:] Warden Butler … You censor our mail unnecessarily so that we cannot hear. You instruct your SORT to take our ink-pens so that we cannot speak. You shutter our windows so that we cannot see And I’m sure this is your ideal convict, one who cannot hear, speak or see. … You can shutter our windows, but you can NOT shutter our minds!

You censor our mail unnecessarily so that we cannot hear. You instruct your SORT to take our ink-pens so that we cannot speak. You shutter our windows so that we cannot see And I’m sure this is your ideal convict, one who cannot hear, speak or see. … You can shutter our windows, but you can NOT shutter our minds!

This story first appeared on Anti-State STL, a clearinghouse for anti-capitalist news and analyses in metro St. Louis.

Call-in Day Monday, April 28, in support of Menard Hunger Strikers

by Anti-State STL

Call-In Day phone graphicOn this upcoming Monday, April 28, we are asking and encouraging people to participate in a Call-In Day in support of the prisoners in the High Security Unit at Menard Correctional Center in Illinois who are facing retaliation for engaging in a hunger strike in January. Prisoners there have been beaten by guards and metal boxes have been placed over their windows – preventing future engagement with noise demonstrations outside the prison, but also preventing sunlight from coming into their cells and increasing the sensory deprivation they experience in solitary confinement.

We hope that any pressure on the administration can draw attention to the inhumane treatment prisoners are forced to endure and help prisoners get their demands met.

We are trying to focus our calls between 10 a.m. and noon on Monday, April 28, but calling at other times is also useful:

  • Warden Kim Butler (new as of April 2014 and the first woman warden at Menard – a 20-year veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections): 618-826-5071, ext. 2225
  • Illinois Department of Corrections Director Lisa Weitekamp: 217-558-2200, ext. 4166

Context for the Call-In Day

In Jan. 15, 2014, prisoners at Menard went on a hunger strike due to their placement and retention in severe isolation, under inhumane living conditions, without notice, reasons or hearing. The strike ended about a month later.

On Saturday, April 12, maintenance workers drilled big metal boxes on the outside of the windows in the High Security Unit (HSU). Prisoners in the HSU can no longer see out the windows and barely any sunlight comes in. Prisoners were told by the guards, “How do you like your view now?” Prisoners think it is in retaliation for their hollering out to the protestors that marched outside the facility during the hunger strike.

On the same day, the Special Response Team was called into the HSU to do a cell shakedown and in the process beat and mistreated several prisoners, including Joseph Tillman, R40962, whose head was repeatedly slammed against a block wall.

Some points to stress on the phone when you call in:

  1. The recent installation of metal boxes covering prisoners windows in the High Security Unit is appalling. Remove the metal boxes on the windows immediately!
  2. The conditions at Menard are deplorable and inhumane.
  3. Let prisoners know why and for how long they are being held in isolation.
  4. Immediately end retaliation against hunger striking prisoners.
  5. Provide an update about the condition of Joseph Tillman, R40962, who was beaten during the cell shakedown on April 12.

Here is the original list of demands. According to prisoners, conditions in the High Security Unit include:

  • severe isolation without any mental health evaluation or treatment;
  • uncleanliness, rodent infestation and lack of any cleaning supplies to clean cells – no disinfectants, no toilet brushes;
  • no written policies requiring the daily sweeping and mopping of the wings;
  • lack of heat in the cells and only one small, thin blanket;
  • showers are moldy and often cold;
  • no hot water in the cells to wash up or clean eating utensils;
  • unauthorized deviation from the statewide menu, low calorie intake has prisoners losing weight;
  • not issued individual coats, have to share smelly coats with numerous men;
  • access to legal materials limited to approximately once a month, delays in receiving legal mail;
  • no educational opportunities even though non-disciplinary prisoners should have the same access to education as the general population.

Please call! Please tell your friends!

This alert first appeared on Anti-State STL.

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26 thoughts on “Retaliation against hunger strikers at Menard – windows blocked, strikers beaten – Call-In Day Monday

    1. truth

      Connie you have fallen victim to the cons of convicts. They are liars through and through. There conditions are better than any other inmate in the prisons AD inmates reside. They get preferential treatment and there issues are always looked at first often putting all other inmates on hold for them. Meanwhile they plot and plan assaults and even murder on staff and other inmates. Its no secret that assaults and violent behavior from the inmates they control has gone way up since their release from tamms. These are not poor victims. They are master manipulators and conning is their profession. You can believe their lies and be suckered on like others have but i have worked with these inmates since their release from tamms and have gotten many in from menard that speak of how much better it is there than othen other joints. Its time for you and all thesr students that put so much faith in the lies from the media and lies from these scum bag gang bangong murders to go back to reality. And while youre doing that dont forget to thank a correctional officer who puts his or her life on the line everyday with these cons to keep you safe.

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  1. guest

    The inmates there can watch the workers enter the prison from the parking shout expletives from their room. Hoot and shout vulgur sexual things to the females. That is why the boxes were put up. A prison is a necessary evil in today's society. Would you rather have them kill someone or rape a child and nothing happens and they live next door to you. To Connie Velez: the person you are calling a beast of horror has not committed a felony such as murder, gang violence, rape, child molestation. She has not been tried by a jury of their peers and sent to a maximum security prison.

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  2. Former officer

    These inmates have been convicted of unspeakable crimes and continue to break the rules but these inmates fall to tell you that.

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  3. mike

    Lieing assed pieces of shit convicts. Shouldn’t have committed a felony and ended up in prison. Waaaaaa!!

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  4. Toma Branche

    These are the same boys who cried wolf at Tamms. Horrible things were not happening there, yet their lies and current administration closed the doors. The inmate who wrote this letter is the same inmate whose pen was stolen so he couldn’t file a grievance and the same one who claimed his mail was censored. He couldn’t even be truthful throughout his own letter.

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  5. fellow c/o

    As a fellow female officer and tact member of idoc. The normal citizens don’t see inside the walls, they don’t see how these men who are in there for unthinkable crimes. Do you think that child that was rapped got to fill out a grievance or seek medical attention. The old lady who was stabbed 19 times and died got a choice because she didn’t want to give her last memory of her husband which a thug wanted the ring for drugs. Did she get a choice. You all are hearing a one sided story. When we are in there it is order not cruelty there’s thousands of inmates and a few 100 c/o’s. We do not punch nor kick. We keep control of a situation. Which inmates do antagonize a lot of situations. But we are not there to get our small kicks in and laugh about it later. We keep a facility safe, which involves keeping inmates forming against us or taking an altered pen that could be used as a weapon. We do these things because its our job. Because we protect the outside world. These protesters need to become a officer and see what is in here. Its ugly its scarey at times. We risk our lives by knowing we will work 8-12-16 hours around rapist or murderous inmates. But like my fellow officers and I. We made that choice to keep the outside world safe. To let your child sleep at night to let grandmas and mothers be okay after dark. To let this world be in just a small fraction a better place to live in.

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    1. jai

      In situations both C/O and inmates lie their butts off. I don’t believe that these C/o’s just walk away from these inmates when they frustrate them. I expect every C/O to have the same story. They never do it. Even when its proven they never do it. The inmates are the same way. A C/O can be just as cruel as person that’s locked up. You guys already think their animals so all that talk about we never do anything to them is BS.

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  6. Guest

    Connie Velez, how the hell are you blaming Warden Kim Butler? She just became a Warden she is not to blame for any of this IF there was anything to blame her for. These inmates will lie through their teeth trying to get society to feel sorry for them. How would you like to be locked up with these idiots? I already work in a prison so I know how they are. Glad I retire next year!

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  7. Joseph

    I was employed at Menard as a corrections officer for 20 years. I can honestly say this is a bunch of lies. The inmates are gaining the sympathy of idealistic young people and former hippies who have no idea who these inmates really are. Do you realize 75 percent of the people locked up there at Menard are in for murder? Do you also know the other 25 percent want to shove something up your ass? Those corrections officers are the only reason that doesn't happen. You are defending human garbage. These people could not survive by societies rules and then couldn't survive by even prison rules. If these idealistic young people and former hippies who are looking so hard to latch on to some reason to live their pathetic lives why focus on feeding hungry children in the United States. Or get suitable care for these animals victims. If they still want to helped these pieces of human garbage they should let them move in to their homes when they parole out. I'm betting they lose there desire to help these domestic terrorist at that point. Thanks.

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  8. E Atchley

    This is one side of a very complicated story and this side is told with an agenda. For those who are unaware, pens can be used to write grievances; they can also be used as weapons and as tools. The same is true of other commonplace items and inmate ingenuity is amazing. The author doesn’t mention any dangerous contraband and you can be sure there was some. I’ve got to wonder if the inmates involved would survive basic training in any of the branches of the military and by committing the crimes they did, they volunteered just as much as any of our service members did. Anyone who wants to “call-in” should consider doing so to get the legislature to provide effective support for the victims of these predators.

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  9. guest

    The people showing such sympathy to these men are either naive or blind. Do you think these are honest men? Innocent men? No. These men are the dregs of our society, placed here as punishment for their crimes. We house in our walls some of the most dangerous predators in the state, in the country. They have no conscience. Many of these inmates brag about the crimes they have committed to others behind these walls. They call to each other on the wings… to plot and plan and decide what will garner the most sympathy from the most easily swayed among you. Do you truly believe they receive no mental health care? This is a complete and total fabrication. In a facility housing around 3,700 men, there is an extensive mental health staff, who are very professional and caring. Warden Butler and Warden Lashbrook are extremely competent, professional individuals…as well as the other staff named. I simply cannot understand how members of the public can take these men at their word, and disregard the fact that they are CRIMINALS, with at least one violent crime (many with multiple convictions under their belt) that placed them in a maximum security facility. They lie for sympathy. They manipulate to get what they want. There is no morality in these men. Why do you blindly believe them?

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    1. jai

      They lie and plan and plot to get what they want. Well, I guess people who aren’t locked up never lie or plot to get what they want. Only criminals? I know a lot of people who lie and they aren’t in prison. I don’t agree with the things these inmates do but I get tired of hearing how C/O’s never do anything. I’ve personally seen a C/O batter an inmate and lie like hell to keep his job. I completely understand defending yourself but if you listen to the C/O’s they sound hostile in the posts. You really think they haven’t hit someone. BS.

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  10. doug biller

    These convicts are the masters of manipulation they are taken care of protected from their peers . But the standing order is to carry out a assault a month on Security staff. By the way for those of you who are unaware of prison politics, you do not go to Menard for being nice

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  11. guest

    95% of these inmates have natural life behind bars they have nothing to lose the people that actually believe what these inmates are saying are basically simple minded and have absolutely no idea what actually goes on behind the walls. These inmates if givin the chance would do anything to escape and do what the did before all over again so go ahead stand by the tracks and protest but the railroad company will get you for trespassing and thats a federal offence dont forget that inmate you hug so much raped,killed or beat a harmless human that could have been you or your family member and then who would be standing outside saying those inmates have it so hard they have free cable food and water and homeless kids have….nothing

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  12. Guest

    ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    INTERNET INMATE STATUS
    AS OF: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    M20649 – VELASQUEZ, ARMANDO

    Parent Institution: LAWRENCE CORRECTIONAL CENTER
    Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
    Location: LAWRENCE CORRECTIONAL CENTER

    PHYSICAL PROFILE

    Date of Birth: 01/20/1986
    Weight: 230 lbs.
    Hair: Black
    Sex: Male
    Height: 5 ft. 09 in.
    Race: Hispanic
    Eyes: Brown

    MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
    TATTOO, ARM, RIGHT – "BARTOLA"ARMONDO"
    TATTOO, ARM, LEFT – PRAYING HANDS W/CROSS,
    TATTOO, ARM, LEFT – 2 SKULLS W/ FLAMES
    TATTOO, WRIST, LEFT – "M.O.B."
    TATTOO, CHEST – "ELVIA"LUCY" HEART

    ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO

    Admission Date: 04/22/2011
    Projected Parole Date: 08/01/2047
    Projected Discharge Date: 08/01/2050

    SENTENCING INFORMATION

    MITTIMUS: 07CR1710001
    CLASS: M
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
    CUSTODY DATE: 07/31/2007
    SENTENCE: 40 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

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  13. Displaced C/O

    Gee…..as an ex c/o of Tamms Cmax (where they were pampered beyond relief) I am appalled at this story. Hopefully, John Howard association will push to have Menard closed to stop this abuse. I fully support closures of ALL facilities…….I wish to be in charge of placement of all Inmates returning to society. I choose the Mother of three kids who feels sorry for the Inmate that Murdered his 4 year old niece by sexual molestation. I choose a young,upstart couple, who pity Hwy 57 killer to house him. Free crowbar (for him) included. Oh, for those of you who really pity him……he never received the death penalty for his atrocious crimes until he murdered multiple Inmates while incarcerated. All extras may be released to the City of Springfield as long as they agree to not beat, rape, rob or murder more than 5 innocent victims in FY 14.

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  14. Guest

    ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    INTERNET INMATE STATUS
    AS OF: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    R07067 – ROSAS, RODOLFO

    Parent Institution: MENARD CORRECTIONAL CENTER
    Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
    Location: MENARD

    PHYSICAL PROFILE

    Date of Birth: 11/27/1983
    Weight: 165 lbs.
    Hair: Black
    Sex: Male
    Height: 5 ft. 06 in.
    Race: Hispanic
    Eyes: Brown

    MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
    TATTOO, CHEST – BUNNY /L WRS;666,R/LEG;PANTHER
    TATTOO, ARM, RIGHT – ROSE,HANDS/L HND-"P"(OLD ENGLISH
    TATTOO, ARM, LEFT UPPER – CROSS,TRIBAL/L THGH- CLOWN FACE
    TATTOO, BACK – ROSAS,VIRGIN MARY
    TATTOO, FOREARM, RIGHT – TRIBAL/R THGH- CLOWN FACE

    ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO

    Admission Date: 09/18/2001
    Projected Parole Date: 03/17/2025
    Projected Discharge Date: 03/17/2028

    SENTENCING INFORMATION

    MITTIMUS: 01CR0387503
    CLASS: M
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
    CUSTODY DATE: 03/17/2000
    SENTENCE: 25 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

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  15. Guest

    ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
    INTERNET INMATE STATUS
    AS OF: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    R40962 – TILLMAN, JOSEPH

    Parent Institution: MENARD CORRECTIONAL CENTER
    Offender Status: IN CUSTODY
    Location: MENARD

    PHYSICAL PROFILE

    Date of Birth: 10/05/1984
    Weight: 145 lbs.
    Hair: Black
    Sex: Male
    Height: 5 ft. 07 in.
    Race: Black
    Eyes: Brown

    MARKS, SCARS, & TATTOOS
    TATTOO, BACK – "AGAINST ALL""CHAS, LISA"
    TATTOO, CHEST – "TWEETY, POOH"
    TATTOO, ARM, LEFT – "9 1",SLEEVE
    TATTOO, ARM, RIGHT – SLEEVE

    ADMISSION / RELEASE / DISCHARGE INFO

    Admission Date: 01/21/2005
    Projected Parole Date: 09/15/2022
    Projected Discharge Date: 09/15/2025

    SENTENCING INFORMATION

    MITTIMUS: 02CR1043803
    CLASS: M
    COUNT: 1
    OFFENSE: MURDER/INTENT TO KILL/INJURE
    CUSTODY DATE: 09/15/2001
    SENTENCE: 21 Years 0 Months 0 Days
    COUNTY: COOK
    SENTENCE DISCHARGED?: NO

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    1301 Concordia Court, PO Box 19277
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  16. Guest

    We stand to fight the powers that be, armed with intelligence, dedication, determination, discipline, patience, persistence as means to persevere

    LMAO!!!!! Funniest shit I have ever heard….

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  17. brian

    They broke the law and continue to do so. These are the worst of the worst. Most have murdered or raped someone’s son daughter or wife or husband. So stop listening to all the lies. It is prison not a hotel or getaway. Also how many officers have been assaulted or out on leave due to inmate violence.

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  18. Cassie

    There is definitely retaliation against prisoners. The metal boxes are just one more step that Menard has taken to humiliate prisoners in their striving to turn them into animals. My son, Joseph Tillman, was beaten again this weekend by a guard. I fear that they are trying to kill my son. Rehabilitation is a non-existent term at Menard Correctional Facility. Thank you to everyone for making phone calls and for not listening to those who choose to post as “Guest” and “Truth”. Afraid to post their names. Afraid to post the truth. So this is truth for you. My son is a person…not an animal…not a thing…not a punching bag. He is a person.

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