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Monday, April 21, 2014

Editor Note to Blog Readers:

The prison mail room is delaying Paul's outgoing mail again for some unknown reason. Keep checking this site--we publish Paul's writings as we receive them.  He told me he has written and mailed 6 new posts since March 1st.  Hopefully, a new one will be up soon.

46 comments:

  1. Thank you to Paul and all the editors. We love this blog. Blessings to all of you.

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  2. Yes, I agree. Hopefully Paul's posts will show up, maybe all at once.

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  3. You need a facebook page.

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  4. Ditto. Thank you to all who make this blog possible!

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  5. I love Paul's blog. Thank you for making it possible.

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  6. Just wanted to agree with Stephany that the blog is fantastic and Paul's writing skills are first class. But the guys who manage the site and so the uploads etc do a fantastic job and without them the site would be possible. Well done guys and when Paul finally gains his freedom, a large part of that will be down to you guys and your diligence and passion for making this site happen.

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  7. You should sell Free Paul merchandise here or get a Kickstarter for legal fees.

    Buttons, pre-paid postcards addressed to Quinn, maybe "On the Inside" hoodies or orange shirts with the web site address. Start raising funds. Paypal and credit cards accepted.

    Paul is not forgotten. If we all do a little, we'll get him out.

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  8. It isn't just Stateville. I know someone who's incarcerated downstate and their mail was held up too. They were still getting Christmas cards in February.

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  9. The state is bankrupted. I doubt they have funds to hire more people in the prison mail room. I'm sure they are just overwhelmed.

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  10. I'll take this timeout to say my favorite posts from Paul have been in no particular order:

    Prison Hooch
    Sunny Skies Over Doomed Lives
    Subzero Yard
    A Rotten Christmas
    The Roach War
    Out of Order
    Story Time on the Small Yard
    My Trip to UIC with Jerry

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  11. I really like the one where he talks about the prisoners who look like a herd of zebras.

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    1. Haha that WAS funny.

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  12. Pure respect. Make this a book. It would give the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe nightmares.

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    1. I agree. One day this entire account needs to be published.

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  13. I enjoy reading about all the "off kilter" men that are incarcerated. I had no idea that truely mentally ill people are placed in the DOC.

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    1. I thought mentally ill inmates were sent to Elgin?

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    2. I think the Elgin Center is for criminals who are not mentally fit to stand trial or who are not guilty due to insanity?

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  14. The Blackout post about the prolonged power outage in the Roundhouse was incredible. The test of sanity. Can you imagine living through that ?

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  15. I like the one where his neighbor Tattoo keeps bothering him. It reminds me of when I'm at work in my cubicle and my neighbor keeps talking to me when I am trying to get something done.

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  16. I don't understand why well behaved prisoners can't have limited access to the internet. :-(

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  17. I agree, but it probably has something to do with either money, or security. Although for security you would think they could just use filters and allow limited access. Don't forget though, prisoners are considered throw away people by most of society and I doubt they have much of a voice or there wouldn't be places like Stateville. There is no reason to have a run down old prison with cockroaches in abundance etc. It's $$$$

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  18. Yeah the roach infestation makes me literally shiver.

    At least limited access to internet would be nice, like a computer lab for the well behaved prisoners-as a privilege-with filters and limited access like they have at libraries. I'm sure there is a charitable organization somewhere that might provide the hardware.

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    1. I think they should be able to have iPods for music and games

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  19. There's a group of Catholic nuns praying for justice for Paul.

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  20. Re-read the post A Cage With a View. Now that is powerful

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    1. Sorry- meant to say: how come mail is delayed? Is it only Paul's mail?

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    2. Damn good writing.

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  22. I don't get how he was convicted but the other guy was acquitted.

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  23. Paul should go to a medium security prison. There are other lifers who have transferred.

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    1. Yes there are. He should at least try.

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    2. Yes, I know at least one former death row inmate is at a medium.

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    3. Steve Pfeil is in Lawrence. Odle is in Dixon. Seems like Paul could be extended the same step down.

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    4. Yes, I would hope they could move him.

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    5. Well geez if they can let Odle go to medium.....then surely Paul should have a decent chance.

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    6. I could ask for an exception to the criteria to be moved to a level 2 high-medium security prison. However, there are a number of petty rules which are enforced and I would not have much more freedom. Furthermore, I have work to do in the Chicago metro area in regards to my appeal and my parents live close to this penitentiary.

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    7. What about Dixon? That's not too far from Chicago.

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    8. Tom Idle is at a level 3 prison (Dixon) and he's serving a life sentence.

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  24. Rick Church is another lifer who was sent to medium.

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  25. I read online about the crimes commited by those other men that are mentioned. :'(

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  26. Dixon Psychiatric Unit 1 - Maximum
    Menard Correctional Center 1 - Maximum
    Pontiac Correctional Center 1 - Maximum
    Stateville Correctional Center 1 - Maximum
    Hill Correctional Center 2 - Secure Medium
    Lawrence Correctional Center 2 - Secure Medium
    Pinckneyville Correctional Center 2 - Secure Medium
    Western Illinois Correctional Center 2 - Secure Medium
    Big Muddy River Correctional Center 3 - High Medium
    Danville Correctional Center 3 - High Medium
    Dixon Special Treatment Center 3 - High Medium
    Illinois River Correctional Center 3 - High Medium
    Menard Medium Security Unit 3 - High Medium
    Pontiac Medium Security Unit 3 - High Medium
    Shawnee Correctional Center 3 - High Medium
    Centralia Correctional Center 4 - Medium
    Decatur Correctional Center 4 - Medium
    Graham Correctional Center 4 - Medium
    Lincoln Correctional Center 4 - Medium
    Logan Correctional Center 4 - Medium
    Sheridan Correctional Center 4 - Medium
    Jacksonville Correctional Center 5 - High Minimum
    Robinson Correctional Center 5 - High Minimum
    Taylorville Correctional Center 5 - High Minimum
    East Moline Correctional Center 6 - Minimum
    Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center 6 - Minimum
    Vandalia Correctional Center 6 - Minimum
    Vienna Correctional Center 6 - Minimum

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  27. Thomas Idle is in Dixon and Simon Peter Nelson is in Graham (level4) so Paul should have a chance.

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    1. Yes they are both serving life sentences.

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  28. Paul. Can you please come back to blogspot?

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