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Liane Deborah
Christopher Joyce

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P.S. A new request was brought to my attention on April 30, 2006. I will add this email to the bottom of this page so you can read it. Please consider helping this brother on HIS Mission as well. May God Bless you for caring.
Lana Kotenko: Clemency for a dying prisoner..

Subj: I am requesting Information 
Date: 4/28/2006 8:48:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)

I would like for you to know that I plan to take an active part in your campaign.
I am sending you an email I sent out to my own mailing list, a few minutes ago.
I hope to see more updates on your web site,
I am confused over two things on your website.

#1. within the link More about eTc, for kentucky it reads.......

KY: In July, 1999, the Kentucky Public Service Commission ruled that by November, 1999, phone companies doing business with the Department of Corrections must roll back surcharges to $1.50 while freezing actual long distance charges at current rates.

# 2. I am confused over something I just read in your Current Status by State.  where it reads for Kentucky


(KY) Kentucky

Telephone Company

Cost of a 15-Minute Call


Local Collect


IntraLATA Collect


InterLATA Collect


InterState Collect


Local Debit


IntraLATA Debit


InterLATA Debit


InterState Debit


Now with # 1 & #2 in mind, How can I possibly be charged $17.30 for a 15 minute call from
Warren County Detention Center, in Warren County, Ky to Cincinnati, Ohio???
I was told "
The rates for Warren show as $3.95 surcharge + .89 cents per minute"

Is your web site currently up to date? My bill came directly from
Correctional Billing Services, not from my local telephone company

Thank you for your time, and your expected reply.
Gary Gideon

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Friends] Am I worth opening? Does anyone truly care? Well Yes, "ABSOLUTELY" I DO!
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 19:34:18 -0400
From: Gary Gideon <>

Peace and Love to All My Brothers & Sisters, Friends & Relatives

The other day, I typed and posted the following message, on a Yahoo Group, in which I am an active member of.
I received several replies of very similiar experiences. "Shocking"
I also received replies directing me to current solutions. "Folks Getting Involved"
Since I was robbed, I am now "On A Mission"

If you are ever robbed, and/or you need my help, I pray you won't hesitate to come to me.

In the near future, I plan to add a page to my web site, containing the email replies of "Shocking" similiar stories I've received.
In the meanwhile, it would be most helpful if you would be willing to take the time to visit this link.
"Please Help to Make a Difference for All of Us"

Thank You and May God Bless You,
Brother Gary

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: † † Jail Phone Charges - Highway Robbery
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 09:17:19 -0000
From: Gary Gideon <>

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Last night I got a real eye-opener and I was hoping that maybe
someone can help shed some light on this, or maybe even we could all
pull together to get a few things changed, concerning what I am about
to share with you.

I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Last month, I accepted several calls from
an inmate located in Grant County Detention Center, which is located
in Grant County, Ky. After the very 1st call, I checked to verify
what the charges for these calls would be to me, should I decide to
accept anymore in the future. The charge Per call was only $1.85
regardless as to how many minutes the call was. (15 minutes Max)I
felt that was quite reasonable. Now keep in mine, when your telephone
rings and you pick it up, a recording talks to you and says you have
a call from an inmate (gives inmates name) at a Correctional
Facility, and asks if you wish to accept the charges. The recording
does NOT tell you the amount of these charges at that moment.

Now this past Saturday evening, I received a call from a different
inmate, located in Warren County, Ky. I assumed the charges would be
the same as Grant County, Ky. This being the 1st time speaking to
this inmate, I allowed that inmate to call me back approximately 8
times. I figured I could afford up to $20.00 to talk to this inmate
for the very 1st time, because you can not really get a lot said in
15 minutes.

Well, yesterday I received a recorded message from the Correctional
Billing Services, saying an inmate was attempting to call me, but my
line was blocked, due to an outstanding balance, and that I should
call this 1-800 number to clear it up. So I immediately called the
number and talked to someone in Customer Service. Well, they told me
that my number was NOT blocked, however, during the course of this
conversation, I was shocked to find out that the charges to me for
the calls I accepted on Saturday evening was $17.30 PER Call.

A supervisor will be calling me sometime today to discuss this with
me. Due to the circumstances, I am going to see if I can have these
particular charges reduced. But in the meantime, I feel this is truly
Highway Robbery for a Correctional Billing Services to be allowed to
charge $17.30 PER Call from one county in Kentucky, while only
charging $1.85 per call from another county within the same state.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how we might be able to work
together and lobby against this sort of thing? I would appreciate any

Thank You & God Bless,
Brother Gary

High Phone Bills for talking to your loved one in prison?

CURE --- Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants,
is a nation-wide grass roots organization
dedicated to reducing crime through reform of the criminal justice system.

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Re: * * Jail Phone Charges - Highway Robbery
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 11:47:09 -0400
From: Alison Coleman <>
To: <>

In NYS we are fighting the MCI/Verizon contract held by NYS DOCS. See
our website at

Kay Perry at Michigan CURE is working as a clearinghouse for efforts
nationwide on these prison/jail contracts. You might want to check with
her to find others in your state who are working on this.

Good luck--it's rough--


Alison Coleman
Prison Families of New York, Inc.
40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Jail Phone Charges - Highway Robbery
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 12:47:20 -0400
To: Gary Gideon <>

Wow Borther Gary! I had no idea that jail phone charges were that high 
in some states. I'm in North Carolina, and when I receive calls,
Correctional Billing Services charges me a 2.25 surcharge plus 18 or 19
cents per minute. The calls are up to 11 minutes and my partner can
only make 1 call per week. (I believe the number of calls an inmate can
make and the length of the calls are determined separately by each
correctional instition within the state.)

I'm not exactly familiar with all the details about each state
contracting with Correctional Billing Services for the amount that we
will pay. This is this first time someone I know has been imprisoned
and he has only been at one correctional institution. I had been
complaining about the amount that I have to pay. Of course, I am a
college student and I don't have a steady income either, so it's still
hard on me. Calls really do mean the world to inmates, but in alot of
cases it means even more to families. In my case, my partner is my only
social support so I take the calls and worry about paying for them
later. I had thought about this issue and I really appreciate you
bringing it up. Please keep me posted on what you find out and if
there's anything I can do to help this cause.

God Bless,

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: Re: ? ? Jail Phone Charges - Highway Robbery
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 09:57:50 -0700 (PDT)

I have to sons in prison, in the same state as I am, in 3 different counties and  The 15 minute phone calls are $9.00 each. They both call at least once a week. With taxes just collect calls are over $100.00 a month.I thought $9.00 was bad 17.00 is outrageous!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Hello Brother,about the telephone calls
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 10:21:43 -0700
From: Liane Legey <>

 Hello again,
 When I started to write to inmates, this was my idea to give them a complete support , including receiving their calls. But soon became impossible for me to cope, because in top of everything I am a permanent disables person  with a limited income. There is many groups that are collecting signatures, making petitions and It is my understanding they got some help in the Senate, because we all know this  Prison system became a big business. If you want I can send you the address and contacts about that.Just to you to know that there are people already fighting as a net work of concerns citizens.This group that I am talking about also is fighting for some reforms on the health system in Prisons around US.The entire system is collapsing.
 The moderator to those groups are: Mary
 Please feel free to contact them about those issues, they are very nice people and they have a big understanding of all the system.
 I hope I could help you.
Liane Legey

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Rate Request
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 12:07:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: Debora Bailey <>

You reside approximately 32 miles from Grant and approximately 181 miles from Warren... The rates for Warren show as $3.95 surcharge + .89 cents per minute wrote:
Name: Gary Gideon

Phone: 513-662-1852


Facility: Warren County Regional Jail

Facility Location:

Date Submitted: 4/27/2006

I wish to understand why there is such a large difference in the charge
from this facility, compared to those coming from Grant County Detention
Center, 212 Barnes Road Williamstown, Kentucky 40197

Thank You,
Gary Gideon

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Rate Request
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 15:45:59 -0400
From: Gary Gideon <>
To: Debora Bailey <>
References: <>


Yes, I realize the difference in milage, however, the milage does not justify the difference in phone charges.

May I ask what your position is in the billing company?

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Direct Billing & Dispute
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 15:27:51 -0400
From: Gary Gideon <>
CC: Gary Gideon <>

To whom it may concern,

Your web site states:

Make direct bill payments to:

Correctional Billing Services
P.O. Box 650599
Dallas, TX 75265

I wish to know why I received a bill from Correctional Billing Services with instructions to send the payment to Correctional Billing Services, P.O. Box 2052, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 instead of the Dallas, TX address.

My phone number is 513-662-1852
My account number is XXXXXX

I also wish to dispute my phone charges which incurred on April 22, 2006
and I wish to know why there is such a large charge difference from these to Kentucky facilities.....
Grant County Detention Center, 212 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Kentucky 40197 and
Warren County Regional Jail, 920 Kentucky Street , Bowling Green, KY 42101

I prefer conducting this matter in either email, or in person to person telephone contact, with a supervisor who has the authority to credit my account.

3/03/2006 through 3/11/2006 I accepted 9 calls from the Grant County Detention Center facility in the amount of $1.85 each.
I was aware of these charges and I feel these charges are reasonable.

On April 22, 2006, I accepted 8 calls from an inmate from the Warren County Regional Jail facility, believing that these charges would be the same as those from the Grant County Detention Center facility, both of which are in Kentucky. Yesterday I found out that these charges were $17.30 each, totalling $138.40 + Tax. This is absolutely Absurd.

I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and I do not understand how these charges can have such a large difference and/or be justified by your company. I am part of a very large Prison Ministry organization, consisting of nearly 4,000 members strong, and I fully intend on pursuing the justifications of these rate differences. If at all possible, I would greatly appreciate a simple resolution in this matter, rather than having to make copies of phone bills, and corresponding through the U.S. Postal Service.

Gary J. Gideon
2322 Nicholson Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45211-6117
Last 4 digits of SS# XXXX

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: High Jail Calls
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 20:56:23 -0400
From: Gary Gideon <>
To: Deborah D. Robinson <>
CC:,,,,,,,, "Gary Gideon" <>
References: <>

Hi Deborah & to all those I CC this email to,

Alison Coleman sent this to me and I briefly looked at that website. It looks like exactly what we're searching for.  At least it's a start.
I definately plan to get involved, and I also joined another group called Prison_Petitions but it only has 143 members. I've gotten several replies such as yours, telling me about these Absurd charges. I am sending this to all who were kind enough to either email me personally, or post back to the group. I think I will also create a web page with all of your replies on it, and put it out there on the Internet so others may find it easily as well. It's amazing what you can find with a simple "Google" search.

I'll keep in touch as I learn more. Also, here is my personal mailing list which I use for my ministry web site, if any of you would like to subscribe to it.  I try not to send out too much stuff on it, but if you do not like what I send, you can always delete it or unsubscribe easily enough. You can also view the archives 1st to see what has been sent out in the past.

Thank you & God Bless,
Brother Gary Gideon

In NYS we are fighting the MCI/Verizon contract held by NYS DOCS. See
our website at

Kay Perry at Michigan CURE is working as a clearinghouse for efforts
nationwide on these prison/jail contracts. You might want to check with
her to find others in your state who are working on this.

Good luck--it's rough--


Alison Coleman
Prison Families of New York, Inc.
40 North Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

Deborah D. Robinson wrote:
My name is Deborah and i got your email i live in Louisville Kentucky and my husband was in Cincinnati jail Hamilton county and i got one call on my bill 21.00 Dollars and that is out rages and i get a cal From Eddy ville Kentucky and it is nearly 6.00 there robbing people with love one that locked up. and i pay out a lot of money  and i read you live there in Cincinnati Ohio
And i experience the run around about have to call a 1-800- Number as well and they said i reach my limit but i hope i can afford to pay i9t and i even got cut off during the call. i think if you and i get to gather with people and get them to call wright letters to these company's maybe they can do something about the prices. but there something got to give. but if you need to Calls me or give me your number My number is Deborah{ XXX }-XXX-XXXX
so i hope we can do something about these outrages calls

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: † † RE: Jail Phone Charges - Highway Robbery
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 11:48:57 -0400
From: <>
To: <>

Brother Gary,

Isn't it a terrible thing!!! My daughter is currently at a New York State
Prison, Bedford Hills Corr Facility. Our collect calls are through MCI,
with whom the prison has a contract and the fees are outrageous. A 15
minute call is about $8 or more. What can we do?

Distraught mother,

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: † † RE: Jail Phone Charges - Highway Robbery
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 11:14:10 -0500
From: jerry williamson <>

It's definetly Highway Robbery and SHOULD be against the law. I paid over $3,850.00 last year-telephone bill!!!

When I talk to my son(I am in Tx. he is in Fl.) I pay $17.50 for about 13 minutes! This is NOT RIGHT!!!!


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: † † Re: † † Jail Phone Charges - Highway Robbery
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 13:16:52 EDT

This is a standard problem with the whole correctional system - outrageous phone rates; collect calls for local areas; massive price gouging. It has been addressed nationwide by many. A part of this system in FL

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: † † Re: Jail Phone Charges - Highway Robbery
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 13:20:28 -0500
From: caroljv <>
To: <>
References: <>

My ex-husband is in prison in Arkansas and every call he makes to me is
charged $6.60 for a 15 minute call. I think that is too high, and I limit
his calls to me to once a week because, even then, it is more than an extra
$26 on my phone bill every month. I don't think it is fair to the inmate
families to be charged that much to talk to them, but what can we do about


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: † † Fw: Inmate Telephone discussions; National CURE Conference
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 22:16:19 -0400
From: Kingsway <>
To: <>

I am forwarding this info that is being done in Virginia concerning phones. 
Louise, Jail Chaplain
----- Original Message -----
From: Jean
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:28 PM
Subject: Inmate Telephone discussions; National CURE Conference

Important information from Virginia C.U.R.E.’s Director

To   :   VIRGINIA C.U.R.E. Members and Friends

From :  Jean

On Monday, April 24, I met with Gene Johnson, Director of Corrections, Mike Linenger, DOC Legislative  Liaison, Clyde Chrisman, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety, Dawn Smith, Office of the Secretary, and Maxine and John Roles of our Harrisonburg C.U.R.E. Chapter. We met in the office of the Secretary of Public Safety in Richmond at the request of the Governor’s office. I had asked for a meeting with Governor Kaine to discuss fully the Inmate Telephone System.

I discussed the systems that are in place, i.e., some people are paying $100 a month upfront that has nothing to do with the pre-pay system; the pre-pay system that is only saving 10 to 12 percent and some people are paying more that before it went into effect in February; that I would not sign up for the pre-pay system because it has not been proven reliable.; that I did not care so much for myself even though I, too would like to pay less, but was there to speak for many, many families that have no other contact with their loved ones than through phone calls and certainly phone calls are a means for more frequent communication if the rates were reasonable. I do not want the rebate to the General Fund to go for prison-related programs or expenses. Families pay enough and should not pay for the system itself.

Gene said he would ask MCI officials to come to his office this week to ask about the $100 prepay system. He was surprised and did not know it was being done, He suggested that since we have the phone system on the agenda for the Board of Corrections meeting on Wednesday, May 17 he would have MCI officials attend that meeting. We do want some families to attend to tell their stories, but I did read email messages to the at the meeting that cover the different complaints I have received.

I hope C.UR.E. Leaders – Board members and local leaders – will attend if you have something to contribute to the dialog. If you know individuals who are having a particularly difficult time with the systems, please let me know so we can be organized.

Marura and Lexi, Please give this note to Elsie. I have forgotten the name of the person who can give Elsie the  messages. I set up her email address but need the name to find her.


Virginia members are urged to sign up to attend the International and National C.U.R.E. Conference which will run simultaneously. I want us to be the best represented state at the Conference,

The dates are June 24 to 27. If your time is limited, Monday and Tuesday are the days most relevant to our Virginia C.U.R.E. Chapter.  Keith will be on the reentry bills panel on the 26th. This is a way to learn more about your national organization and international actions being taken by CURE.

If you have not received the Spring 2006 National CURE newsletter let them know. It contains information about the conference. Phone: 202-789-2126.

Here it is the Conference schedule briefly:

Saturday, June 24
5 pm to 7 pm Registration
7 to 10 pm Self introductions and social

Sunday, June 25
International Program
1;30- 3 pm
Fiesta Dinner, St. Peter’s Church, Second and C Sts., SE
Human Rights Speaker: Al Bronstein introduced by Jenni Gainsborough, Office of Penal Reform International

3 to 5 pm Final preparation for Monday morning visit to Organization of American States

7 to 9 pm Open Mike
Conference participants sight toio to speak about prison reform. Preference given to those from the Americas outside of the U.S. Translators will be available.

Monday, June 26
National Program

Panel prepare for Tuesday’s visits to Congressional offices

2 – 3:30 pm.
Panel on Reducing Inmate Phone Costs

4 to 5:30 pm
Panel on Reentry bills

7:30 – 9:30 pm
Open Mike
Same as Sunday with preference to United States

Tuesday, June 27

8;30 am – 10:30 am. Breakfast at St. Peter’s Church

10:30 to Noon
Panels on rehabilitative employmnet in prison
Emphasizing treatment in sex offender legislation
Return Federal Parole
Stopping the devastating weakening of habeas corpus.

Noon to 1 pm
State caucus and out of country participants are urged to join a state

1 to 2:30 pm
Visit your two Senate offices (Warner and Allen)

2:30 to 5 pm
Visit your Representative’s office (there will be help if you ask)

7 to 9 pm
CURE’s Annual National Board Meeting
Harrington Hotel
Open for all to participate except for making motions and voting. Your state’s Board member will offer motions and vote at the recommendation of our state representatives in attendance.

Make your reservations now for the Harrington Hotel – rates are $91.71 for a room with queen size bed (tax included)
And a larqer room with queen size bed is $102.02 (tax inclkuded0To get these rates tel them you are attending the CURE Convention.

Also register now. April registration fee is $20, May it goes up to $30, and June to $40. Send check, money order or cash to
National CURE, P.O. BOX 2310, WASHINGTON, DC 20013


Jean Auldridge
Virginia C.U.R.E.
P.O. Box 19307
Alexandria, VA 22320
Phone and fax: 703 765 6549

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fwd: Re: [PrisonMovement] Phone Issues.....
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 09:26:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Carol L <>

I hope you dnt mind- I posted your email to my group, PrisonMovement...I will be sending you their replies...also check out
hugs & blessings....

Christopher <> wrote: To:
From: Christopher <>
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 06:53:41 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: [PrisonMovement] Phone Issues.....

Carol, yours is one of the more extreme examples I've heard of. I am strongly thinking about putting MCI on trial in the court of public opinion, i.e., complaints to the FTC and letters to company big-wigs AND newspapers. To anyone who thinks this might be a worthwhile idea, please feel free to e-mail me offline ( w/your own horror stories. Once I've collected enough examples, I can come up with seperate letter to the FTC and MCI, and newspaper letters. To anyone who'd like to contribute, any and all letters or complaints I might develop will first get YOUR approval before going out. What's everyone think about this?   
From: Carol L <>
Date: Sun Apr 30 05:20:30 CDT 2006
Subject: Fwd: Re: [PrisonMovement] Phone Issues.....     Christopher- you NAILED it!! last winter my phone bill was $800 and some odd cents...I was never blocked-and should have been!! Then a few guys "somehow" got a hold of cell more collect calls! There are companies that provide service for inmate calls- one is called outside conenctions ( I think the URL is on the links page of our group) I have heard mixed reveiws and have never used them self. With gas prices outrageous, food, rent, etc...the cost of even going to visit is a shame. Letters- are my mainstay for the present....your right is does SUCK....  hugs  Carol

Christopher <> wrote:  To:
From: Christopher <>
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 08:25:23 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: [PrisonMovement] Phone Issues.....

Gary: Anyone who doesn't talk to inmates have no idea how obscene this is. My guess is that your calls from the prisons came through MCI, right? MCI has a virtual monopoly on prison contracts nationwide. As a general rule, no matter where an inmate is calling from and to where - be it four miles or 4,000 miles - the standard rate for a 15-minute call (always the maximum) is $19.06. By the time unspecified "surgcharges" are calculated, the 15 minute-call ends up costing slightly more than $23. Some of us are appalled less by the cost and more by the cavalier attitude of a multi-billion dollar monopolistic corporation padding its already-brimming profits at the expense of families and loved ones who have done nothing to be "punished" with being unable to afford to even talk to their loved ones. Some of us are trying to put MCI's offensiveness to public awareness as well as pushing for criminal and civil probes into illegal profiteering. Until anything good happens, the choises (and both suck) are either to tell your loved ones you can't afford to talk to them or hold back in the food and gas budgets. Sucks, doesn't it?  

orangeribbin-smr.gif (11846 bytes) Carol Leonard
Prison Reform is NOT soft on crime

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fwd: Re: [PrisonMovement] Phone Issues.....
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 09:27:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: Carol L <>

Joyce <> wrote: To:
From: Joyce <>
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 07:10:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [PrisonMovement] Phone Issues.....

I told a long-time pen pal of mine he could call me. I live in Florida and he is in IL. We talked for about 30 minutes. The bill for the call was over $30.00! Unbelievable.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [PrisonMovement] Fwd: NY Campaign for Telephone Justice
Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 18:06:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: Carol L <>

Marion Rodriguez <> wrote:
Subject: NY Campaign for Telephone Justice
Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 19:15:32 -0400
From: "Marion Rodriguez" <>
To: <>

Every week on Wednesday encourage everyone you know to call Governor Pataki (212) 681-4580 or (518) 474-8390 and Verizon (800) 621 9900 from 8 am to 5 pm weekdays to say "I’m calling in support of the NY Campaign for Telephone Justice to ask that you put an end to the prison phone contract between Verizon/MCI and DOCS."
The New York Campaign for Telephone Justice invites you to join us for a pre-Mother’s Day VIGIL:

When:       Friday, 5/12/06
Where:      across from Verizon’s Office [near Pace University]
How:         take the #4,5,6, J,M,Z, to Brooklyn Bridge
noon2 pm

We will be passing out informational postcards to people in the neighborhood and asking folks to sign our petitions to stop the contract!

Highlights: Speakers will include:  mothers, family members, elected officials, youth, poets and friends, as well as our NY Campaign Telephone Puppet. Yes, the same big red phone you saw on UPN 9 News and NY1 recently!

Come enjoy the outdoors, help us celebrate the spirit of motherhood and togetherness as we spread the word about our campaign! 
Call Marion at 646 667 9417 to confirm you’ll be there! 
We need a team of at least 20 folks to meet promptly at 11:45 am.  We’ll have campaign t-shirts for everyone!   Call and come down!
See you there!
The New York Campaign for Telephone Justice is a project of The Center for Constitutional Rights in partnership with Prison Families Community Forum and Prison Families of New York, Inc. /212 – 614 – 6421/
666 Broadway, NYC 10012
Marion Rodriguez, Organizer

orangeribbin-smr.gif (11846 bytes) Carol Leonard
Prison Reform is NOT soft on crime

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Clemency for a dying prisoner
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 11:05:05 -0700
From: Liane Legey <>
To: <>, <>,,,, <>, <>, <>, Gary Gideon <>

Date: Apr 29, 2006 10:59 AM
To: Liane Legey <>

Lana Kotenko: Clemency for a dying prisoner..

My friends,
This photo is of one of my ministry members.  She has metastasis cancer that will take her life before the end of the year.  She is incarcerated in Illinois and the Parole Board is holding fast to her release date in March 2007, when she will be dead.

My immediate need is for people to write letters asking the governor of Illinois to grant clemency for
Lana Kotenko.  Lana has served more than 90% of her expected sentence in prison and is dying of Metastasis Colon Cancer, spread to the lungs.  Lana's oncologist sent me a copy of his letter confirming her life expectancy.  Medication was controlling the lung nodules, but eventually became ineffective and she was given 6 months to live (two months ago).  The Parole Board doesn't want to release her until she's served 100% of her expected prison time, which is up next March, when she will be dead.  She has no place to go so I have written to her attorney and told her I will accept Lana in my home for the duration.  Lana wants to return to her mom's home, but her mom has disappeared and her brother wont' communicate with her.  The stress of not knowing if her mom is alive or dead, if she has a home where she can go, and of dying in prison is overwhelming to her.  I'll be flying to Chicago to meet with the lawyer and then the governor (optimistically) or Lt Governor.  I want to carry at least 250 letters with me along with my word as an ordained minister to care for Lana in my home and then call in hospice when it is time.  I have community support from neighbors who will also help out.

What I need are letters to help me get Lana out of prison.  Please ask people you know to write a letter.  A petition is useless, but a box of individually written letters spread out over a bureaucrat's desk, across the desk from a lawyer and minister will be hard to ignore. I plan to fly to Chicago just after Mothers Day or no later than the end of May.

Address your letter to the governor, but mail it to me:
Stan Lore, Minister
One-to-One Prison Ministries
128 Woodshore Court
Columbia, SC  29223-5554

You can go to this website to view information about Lana: 
then type in Kotenko to search by her last name.  She is 58 y/o, no children and her brother disappeared and refuses to tell Lana where their mother is located or if she is alive. 

The Illinois governor is 
Rod Blagojevich.   

Lana has nobody else helping her and there is obviously an urgency and finality about Lana's situation.   Please write individual letters (short letters are acceptable) pleading with the governor to release Lana Kotenko #k86135 from state prison.  Your help may turn the tide for this woman."
Example letter, but feel free to shorten or lengthen it:

Dear Governor Bladgojevich,
Please grant clemency to inmate Lana Kotenko #K86135, who is incarcerated at Decatur Correctional Center.  She is terminally ill and her doctor gives her less than 6 months to live.  She's done more than 90% of her expected prison sentence and will probably be dead when the Parole Board is set to meet on on her case in March 2007.  She has a stable residence waiting for her and it is the right and compassionate thing for you to release her so she does not die in prison.

Thank you Governor, 
  Thank you for your help,


Debs Barton

Walter Barton - Please reinvestigate or Dismiss.  Red Flags Flying!