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Prisoner Mail Trashed at Waupun

In the editorial in the September, 1994, issue of PLN, we noted that subscribers at the Waupun Correctional Institution at Waupun, WI. had complained of not receiving their issues of PLN. Shortly thereafter we learned why. The August 4, 1994, edition of the Wisconsin State Journal reported that postal inspectors had begun to investigate staff members at WCI after prisoners' First, Second and Third class mail was discovered in the garbage. Eleven mailroom guards were temporarily reassigned to other duties pending an investigation to determine why prisoners' mail was being thrown away. Warden Garly McCaughtry was reported saying there were at least 50 pieces of mail involved. As of this writing Wisconsin prison officials have not responded to PLN inquires as to why PLN has not been delivered to Waupun subscribers when sent via bulk mail. PLN has also contacted the US attorney's office about the matter and informed them of the problems related to delivery of PLN.

A Waupun reader reports that the corruption and thievery goes even deeper than the trashing of mail may suggest. Stating that one of the mailroom guards, Sgt. Perre, was arrested when a search of his home revealed property items (TV's, radios, etc.) belonging to prisoners. The items still had prisoner DOC numbers engraved on them and were supposed to have been mailed out or destroyed.

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