Joseph Hartsock #966460

Birth Date:
May 6, 1981
Incarcerated Since:
March 2004
Release Date:
May 5, 2024
Convicted Of:
170 lbs
Wants To Write To:
Sexual Orientation:
Open to Gay/Bisexual Contact:
Will Write Overseas:
Legal help

I have spent the majority of my time learning the law, protecting the constitutional and statutory rights of those who can not, many on the inside are not aware when their rights are violated or if they think they have been just do not know how to protect them. Using my skills I have been blessed with to help, I Have successfully fought for a hearing aid for an 82 year old, rehiring of those arbitrarily or retaliatory fired from jobs, implementation of policy and procedures that provide safer and healthier living conditions, self-help programs, religious accommodations for a total of seven different religious affiliations, modification of sentences, and successful habeas corpus petitions that returned previously taken good time. Prison staff know of my work, some don't care I help others for free. Unfortunately, others hate it and attempt to make my time as hard as possible. This pressure recently increased, including attacks on sincerely held religious beliefs and medical disability. I have photosensitivity that causes really painful migraines. The ophthalmologist ordered tinted shades in 2017 but they don't block the light from above. For many years prison staff would simply allow me to wear my hat as a sort of medical aid. This authorization was never in writing, it was implied, most prison staff knew about my photo sensitivity, freely allowing me to use it as a stop gap to the light, the tinted shades would not block.

This "accommodation" I previously received stopped after I filed a complaint against new supervisors about actions that seemed arbitrary and retaliatory, plus I "resolved" five civil rights actions, all in a one week period. Since the "accommodation" was rescinded I can't fully access medical services (even to see the ophthalmologist), sign up and attend college classes, at times even my legal mail isn't being delivered because the area it is passed out in is way too bright. To prison rights activists and those that care, this is my request for ideas and help please. You can email me GTL. I look forward to hearing from you soon with any ideas. Thanks.

*Joseph Hartsock #966460
New Castle Correctional Annex
PO Box 1717
Appleton, WI 54912-1717

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Listed: 12/19/19
Exp.: 09/22/21


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