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Support Letter Samples - To Be Submitted To The WI Parole Board  



Wisconsin Parole Board Address:  

 

Wisconsin Parole Commission

3099 Washington Avenue

PO BOX 7960

Madison, WI 53707-7960 
Phone: 608-240-7280
Fax: 608-240-7299


 
*Be Sure to Include Baron L. Walker's Complete Name and Inmate Number #182074 

Below is a list of suggestive letters that you can customize/personalize to submit to the parole board. There are also support letters geared towards your Senators and Legislators.(The Sample Letters are listed A-G)
We Thank God for your Prayers & Support! 



(Below is SAMPLE LETTER A.)


Dear Parole Bard,


I am writing this letter to express my support for the release of Baron L. Walker #182074. My name is _______________, I have met Beverly Walker and I have become familiar with her husband’s incarceration. Baron has a solid support system with his wife, Beverly and their children. Baron acknowledges his mistakes and he is remorseful for his past crimes, he has served more than twenty-five percent of his sentence, he’s completed all if his programs and educational requirements and he has good behavior.

I don’t understand why he has not received a parole grant yet, it is my understanding that he met all of the conditions to be paroled years ago. What more do you require from Baron Walker, he has served sufficient time for his crimes. Since the criminal laws changed in Wisconsin (in 2000 Truth in Sentence was adopted) the processing and release of inmates who were sentenced under the Old Law of Parole, has rapidly declined and Old Law inmates are serving more time than their sentencing judges ever expected. Keeping these Parole Eligible Inmates Incarcerated, when they qualify for release only adds to the Mass Incarceration epidemic and cost tax payers an average of $60,000 annually.

Baron has a job lined up upon his release, he has a secure home, supportive family, and many certifications, degrees and trades that he obtained while incarcerated. Twenty-two years in prison has changed and matured Baron, he utilized his incarcerated time to improve himself. He has had many years to reflect on his past mistakes and he is remorseful for his past actions.


Baron has a very supportive and loving family, his family needs to be restored by allowing him to work and provide financial support to his family, to be actively engaged and physically present to support and interact with his family.

Please grant parole for Baron Walker and his family, I am asking for you to adhere to Wisconsin State Legislative Code 304.06, since all of these conditions have been met, Please Restore and Unite this Family.

Thank you,

(Below is SAMPLE LETTER B.)


Dear Parole Bard,


I am writing in regard to Baron L. Walker, inmate #182074. I do not know Baron Walker personally, but I have learned a lot about Baron, his wife and children and the crime he committed and the time he has served.


I watched (heard about) the documentary Milwaukee 53206, which followed the life of the Walker family. I watched how hard it is for this family to have their loved one incarcerated, children growing up without their father and a wife longing for the partnership and support of her husband.

Since Baron has completed all of his court ordered requirements, educational requirements, he’s served more than 25 percent of his sentence, and he has good behavior and institutional adjustment, it is my understanding that there are no additional obligations for Mr. Walker to meet by your legal guidelines to receive a parole grant. Mr. Walker is not a threat to society, he is remorseful for his prior actions, he doesn’t appear to be the same person that he was when he committed his crimes and he appears to be passionate about his family and working hard. Both Mr. and Mrs. Walker are paralegals and plan to open a business to assist people with legal paperwork and services, in addition to the job that is already lined up for Mr. Walker upon his release. Since all of his requirements have been met, every time he goes before the parole board the only thing that they have left to review is his behavior since the last time they saw him, he is sitting idle, costing tax payers when he has served his debt to society and deserves the opportunity to work and support his family.


It appears that Baron has a strong support system through his family, they are taking every possible step to gather support to aid in his release from prison. According to the Wisconsin laws of parole, Mr. Walker has met all of the conditions to qualify for a parole grant. I am writing to request that you grant parole for Baron Walker who has served over 22 years for the crimes of attempted arm robbery where no one was physically hurt. He has served more than the adequate time for his crimes, therefore it is time to restore Mr. Walker back to his family and to his community. Allow Mr. Walker to work, raise his children, pay taxes and support his family while also sparing tax payers the unnecessary $60,000 annual cost to incarcerate him, although all of his conditions have been met to receive a parole grant according to Wisconsin State Legislature Code 304.06 for Old Law Parole.


Sincerely,


*The letter below was previously submitted to the parole board- (SAMPLE LETTER C.)

  • Dear Parole Commissioner:
  • I am writing in regard to Baron Walker, inmate # 182074. Mr. Walker will be coming before the Parole Board early in the new year. I do not know Mr. Walker very well, but I know a lot of people who know him. I am especially well-acquainted with his wife, Beverly. I can assure you that Baron has a strong, stable network of people waiting to help him when he comes home from prison. He has family who very much want him to be with them. He has neighbors who would welcome his presence. Baron Walker committed a crime 22 years ago. Like all of us, he has changed a lot in those 22 years. He poses no threat to the community. Baron was sentenced by a judge in a time when parole was granted on a regular basis, very frequently on the first or second attempt. I have been told by judges that they sentenced people back in the 90’s with the assumption that there was a good chance they would be paroled very soon after they became eligible. Baron has been eligible for 8 years. Many people are very concerned that the parole system has completely broken down, and that people sentenced under the “old law” are not being given a fair chance to earn their release. Baron Walker’s case offers a chance to show that the system can be made to work. He has served significantly more than the necessary amount of time. He has worked hard at his own
  • rehabilitation and has been a model prisoner. He has a family and a circle of support that will help him to be successful when he comes home. Please do all you can to ensure that Baron Walker is released soon.
  • Thank you.


*The letter below was previously  submitted to the parole board - (SAMPLE LETTER - D.)


Re: Baron L. Walker #182074


Dear Sir/Madam,


I'm writing this letter on behalf of Baron Walker who is up for parole March 2017. I'm the executive producer of Decoder Media and the director and producer of the documentary film Milwaukee 53206, that follows the story of Baron's family and several other families who have incarcerated loved ones. The film is produced through Transform Films in New York City. I've spent the past nine months with the Walker family and have grown to know them well. I know upon Baron's return home, he will have a supportive family and stable home. The Walker family is an extremely close family, and although Baron has been incarcerated for 22 years, they have remained close and supportive of one another. I've been in conversations with each one of Baron's children and they all glow when speaking about their father and generously share stories when he was there when they needed him most. At key personal milestones over the course 22 years, Baron has been a positive presence in their lives each step of the way, and now that the children have babies of their own, he is the grandfather of a sleuth of grand kids, who I’ve witnessed express their love through excitement when he is on the phone. His wife Beverly Walker works tirelessly to keep the immediate and extended family together. Also, over time she has cultivated avenues for her and Baron to start a business together once he is released. Beverly is entrepreneur and has owned and operated businesses in Milwaukee and is laying the ground work for starting a new business. Understanding that Baron will have employment obstacles because of his felony, Beverly has been taking professional development business courses to prepare for his return so that they are able to start, own and operate a business together. Baron too has been taking classes inside Fox Lake preparing himself for his return into the work place. Both Baron and Beverly have synchronized their ambitions and have made detailed plans for their financial sustainability and success. I've spent a lot of time on the phone talking with Baron. He is acutely aware of his past transgressions and the damage he has caused. Today he has grown into a different man than he was at age 22, the time of his conviction. The qualities that I have witnessed are thoughtfulness, a generosity to share his teachings and insights, an excitement for life, a sense of humor and true love for his family. I've asked him some pretty tough questions over the months about his life and the lives that he affects, and from what I gathered as a journalist who has done hundreds of interviews, I know that he is not afraid of the truth, and understands his story to be a testimony to help others make different decisions in their lives. I strongly recommend that Baron be considered for release. I know for a fact that he is not a threat to society but rather an asset to his family and to his community. When he transitions back into society he will be in great company with his supportive family who will be there to help him start a new life. lf you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly.


Sincerely,



(SAMPLE LETTER -E.) TO YOUR STATE SENATOR


August 26, 2017

YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS

Sen. XXXXXX
State Capitol
PO Box 7882

Madison, WI 53708-7882


Ref: Concerns about Daniel Gabler as Chair of Parole Commission


Dear Sen. XXXXXXX

I am writing because I am concerned about the appointment of Daniel Gabler as Chairperson of the Wisconsin Parole Commission. At his recent confirmation hearing, Gabler twice said that all of the parole-eligible people are "murderers and rapists". This is simply not true. There are many parole-eligible people who were convicted of things like being accomplices to an armed robbery, and other such crimes.

Worse, he said that the rate of granting parole was so low because they are "the worst of the worst" -- betraying an attitude that denies the possibility of rehabilitation despite the passage of at least 17 years since the commission of the crime, often in the inmate’s teenage years.

I ask you NOT to vote to confirm Gabler in this role until he commits to a complete and public review of the parole process, which is frankly a disgrace.

Wisconsin spends over $100 million each year to imprison parole-eligible people.  Ask the nominee to use his position to relieve the overcrowding of our prisons and the strain on our budget by immediately moving to identify and release low-risk parole-eligible people.

Ask the nominee to correct this unfair situation which arbitrarily creates a much more punitive system for those sengtences under the “old law”, before Truth in Sentencing came into effect on January 1st, 2000.


Even a minor conduct report received by a parole-eligible inmate can set him or her back years in their effort to earn their freedom. The same conduct report does not affect the release dates of Truth In Sentencing prisoners at all. This creates a very inequitable situation in prisons. Ask the nominee to meet with the Department of Corrections to rectify this situation.


Many parole-eligible people have, as a condition for their parole, a requirement that they participate in some sort of programming (like, for example, AODA treatment or anger management, or that they have a job).  Yet the Department of Corrections often makes it impossible for the inmate to fulfill these conditions.  Ask the nominee if he will work with the Secretary of Corrections, and the Governor if necessary, to ensure that parole-eligible people have a reasonable chance to fulfill the conditions for their release.


Thank you for your consideration of my concerns about this important appointment.

Yours truly,


(SAMPLE LETTER  - F.) TO YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE


August 26, 2017

YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS


Dear Rep. XXXXXX
State Capitol
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708


Dear Rep. XXXXXXX


In a few weeks, you will be asked to confirm the appointment of Daniel J. Gabler as Chairperson of the Wisconsin State Parole Commission.

Please do NOT vote to confirm Daniel Gabler’s appointment until he commits to a complete and public review of the broken parole process.

Many parole-eligible people sentenced under the "old law" (prior to January 1, 2000) have already spent much longer in prison than people sentenced since Truth In Sentencing came into effect – for the exact same crime.  Ask the nominee to correct this unfair situation which arbitrarily creates a much more punitive system for this group of people.


Many people have their parole denied, and the main or only reason given is "insufficient time served."  Ask the Mr. Gabler to give a clear definition of "insufficient time" before you approve him for the job.


Of the roughly 3,000 people in our prisons who are eligible for parole, hundreds are so low-risk that they leave the prisons every day unsupervised for work. Ask the designated Chair to review how many of those prisoners can be released back to their families and communities safely and immediately.

Many parole-eligible people are elderly and/or seriously ill.  Ask the nominee to pledge that he will intentionally work to identify those people and move them through the release process as quickly as possible.


Thank you for your consideration of my concerns about this important appointment.

Yours truly,


(SAMPLE LETTER - G)TO  GOVERNOR WALKER, YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE and/or YOUR SENATOR


DATE

YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESSS


Dear Rep. X/ GOV. Walker /Senator X 
State Capitol

Madison, WI 53708

Dear Rep. XXXXXXX

In a few weeks, you will be asked to confirm the appointment of Daniel J. Gabler as Chairperson of the Wisconsin State Parole Commission.

Please do NOT vote to confirm Daniel Gabler’s appointment until he commits to a complete and public review of the broken parole process.

Many parole-eligible people sentenced under the "old law" (prior to January 1, 2000) have already spent much longer in prison than people sentenced since Truth In Sentencing came into effect – for the exact same crime.  Ask the nominee to correct this unfair situation which arbitrarily creates a much more punitive system for this group of people.

Many people have their parole denied, and the main or only reason given is "insufficient time served."  Ask the Mr. Gabler to give a clear definition of "insufficient time" before you approve him for the job.

Of the roughly 3,000 people in our prisons who are eligible for parole, hundreds are so low-risk that they leave the prisons every day unsupervised for work. Ask the designated Chair to review how many of those prisoners can be released back to their families and communities safely and immediately.

Many parole-eligible people are elderly and/or seriously ill.  Ask the nominee to pledge that he will intentionally work to identify those people and move them through the release process as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your consideration of my concerns about this important appointment.

Yours truly,