Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Her Story

My name is Nancy Ezell I have 4 daughters,one of daughters name is Nicole Ezell, I am writing this story on how an unjust sentence can have an ripple effect on your love one's and especially children.
I was sentenced to 65 years prison for less then 13 grams of Cocaine, a street value of maybe $350.00. I've been lock down since April of 98 and have had numerous of major Heart surgeries, costing the tax payers Thousands and Thousands of dollars. You would be shock at the health care bill for me.
Please take a few minutes out of your time to read this before you throw it in the garbage can.

Facts on Prisons and Prisoners you should know;
Blacks represent 12.9% of the total U.S. Population But 39.5% of the U.S. prison population roughly two thirds of female inmates in jails and state and federal prison are women of color.

As of Jan 2007, almost 80% of women and more then 91%of men in prison for drug offense were African American of Latino's even though studies show that Caucasians use, sell and buy drugs in greater numbers than people of color.

Since 1973, the number of women in prison for drug crimes has increased by 825%

Black children are nearly Nine times more likely to have an incarcerated parent in prison (7%), and Latino children (2.6%) are more than three times more likely, than white children ( 0.8% )

About 64% of Mothers in State prison live with their children before prison, compared to 44% of men.

What Happened To Those Children?
Nicole Ezell have 3 children all girls, there ages are 16,14 and 10, When Nicole got sentence to 45 years prison the court also imposed and stayed a 60 year prison sentenced and place the defendant on a thirty (30 ) year period of probation. At the time of Nicole sentence she was 24 years old and her three daughters age was, 5,3 and a new bom which she had at the county jail in Milwaukee and her youngest is now 10. Nicole is now 35 years old.

The first letter that I sent to a lot of the Legislator's with the Title of Action On Racial Disparity, and there was a little girl in the picture asking Can someone tell me why my mother and grandmother have so much time, Well the little girl name is Kayonnie Ezell, Nicole's girl that is now 14 years of age.

What Happened To Those Children?
About a month or so ago, We found out that Kayonnie was getting raped by a 30 year old man for a year or so, She was so shame that she ran away and some of my other family member found her and now she's talking about killing herself, and she was put into a mental center for a day or so because she was making threats to hurt herself, she is now with one of my daughters, but thing is not going well for her at all.

Not Only Do the Mother's Get Punish but It Also Punish the Kids.

I am not saying that it was the county of Milw. Fault that this happen to Kayonnie, because Nicole and I done wrong, We broke the law and we were suppose to get punish, But had we gotten a Just punishment like the European Americans, This night not have happen to Kayonnie.
I Nancy Ezell have sent so many legislator's papers on me and Nicole on Racial Disparity in Sentencing and Only 1 person ever answer me back and that was Senator Taylor and she told me that she could not appear at a court hearing that I thought that I was going to have on Racial Disparity in Milw, but the judges don't even consider Racial Disparity as a new factor.

All the legislator's know that there is Racial Disparity in Sentencing but there is not One that will step up to the plate and get something done about it.

I and my daughter Nicole Ezell are prime example of Racial Disparity in Sentencing, but it is so sad that know one with some power will help us, and I have been sending letters for almost 10 years with No response from any legislators except Senator Taylor and I thank God that at least she writes you back.

Gov. Doyle Commission board was nothing but mere worthless words, the only thing that they did was to acknowledge that there was Racial Disparity in Sentencing, Something that we have always known, But now that you know, There is Nothing that the legislator's or the commission board has done, And the reason that I can say that is Because Me and Nicole Ezell still have the same RIDICULOUS TIME that we started with almost 11 years ago.

Me and Nicole are non-violent offender the crime in no way fits the punishment. I did quite a bit of investigating court records and found out that European Americans with far more severe criminal backgrounds, as well as having been found in possession of greater amounts of cocaine, have been sentenced with great leniency. Disparity in sentencing between African American and others is great, but whoever is reading this letter already knows this, and will not stand up for what is right. I and my daughter were only seeing equity in fairness with our sentence.

Can We Please Stop All The Talk And Do Something About This Racial Disparity In Sentencing, Because it's Not Going To Go Away Like A Bad Nightmare.

It is unfair that one segment of the population suffers more for doing what others in greater numbers do elsewhere. Even less fair would be to make the War on Drugs such a contributor to the cycle of crime and poverty that casualties only keep mounting.

Gov. Doyle your commission board has not done anything for the justice of the people; Every one should be treated equal. The mayor of Milwaukee should know what is going on in his city but he is blind also.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Two Hours With Mom

"The smartest investment we can make is in our children. I see firsthand the promise of breaking the cycle of incarceration. We need to help stop is from becoming the next of prisoners-"
Matthew J. Frank, secretary of State Department Corrections

Monthly Visits help Mothers in prison Stay Connected with Children
By Gina Barton

One by one, the women trickle into the gym, their faces breaking into joyful grins as they see their waiting children.
Kayonnie Ezell, 11, skips over to meet her mom. After a tight hug, the two walk hand to hand to a quiet corner so Nicole Ezell can fix her daughter's hair.

Throughout the two-hour visit on a chilly Saturday morning Ezell and Kayonnie talk constantly. If they ‘re not holding hands, they’re walking with their arms around each other’s waists. Among the children who make these monthly visits to Taycheedah Correctional Institution with a group from Rose Youth and Family Center in Milwaukee, Kayonnie is the veteran. She rarely has missed a bus ride to Fond du Lac since the program started in:2000.
Since the program began, St Rose has sponsored has sponsored more than 2,000 visits serving 350 children and 150 families.

Ezell, 32, sees a bit of herself in her daughter. Me and My sisters were (close) like that with my mother, “ she says.

Ezell’s mother was incarcerated for more than two years when Ezell was a teenager. Today, both are serving time at Taychedah for cocaine dealing.

Doesn’t See Breana Often
The service ST Rose provides is seen as invaluable because lack if cooperation from caregivers is one of barrier inmates face in trying to maintain bonds with their children.

Ezell hasn’t seen one of her three daughters in eight months and feel fortunate to be able to maintain contact with her other two children. Besides Kayonnie, Ezell is the mother of Breana, 13, And Aureonanna, 7.

Two years ago, Ezell’s ex boyfriend tried to get custody of the older two. Ezell asked for a DNA test, which revealed that Kayonnie wasn’t his daughter.

While the information has been difficult of Kayonnie to accept, it was the only way for Ezell to make sure she would not lose rights to the girl. Kayonnie, who now stays with Ezell’s cousin, almost never misses a monthly visit.

Less that two hours after the arrival at Taychedah, it’s time for mothers and children to go their separate ways. A guard turns out the lights in the gym. A 7-year old girl sobs, clinging to her mother’s leg.
“Get a great kiss and a hug, “ ST Rose volunteer Ana Ocon tells the girl. “Remember how she smells and how she feels and hold that for another month and come back again.”
Kanonnie, who knows all about her mother’s legal situation, says a calm goodbye. “I love you Mom, she tells Ezell.” And work on your case!”

petition rough draft- full petition coming soon.

Below is a petition written by Nancy Ezell. Coming soon will be full petition with addresses and to send letters to and an online petition you can sign.


Dear Tax Payer's:

I ask that you keep an open mind while reading this letter. 1 am writing to solicit your assistance. My name is Nancy Ezell. I'm a 57 year old African American female. In 1998 I was arrested for drugs and sentenced to 65 years prison with a 25 year stayed sentence. Using very poor judgment, I began selling drugs (Cocaine) as a mean of survival, and as fate would have it I was arrested and convicted.

I realize the very nature of what I was doing was wrong and strongly believe that I should have been punished, however I was prosecuted to the very strictest degree of the law. I received a 65 year prison sentence for possession of not quite 13 grams of Cocaine, with the street value of maybe $350.

In 1998 while waiting to get sentence in Milw.County jail I got sick andd to have 5 Heart surgeries ending up having Open Heart surgery. Once sentenced with 65 years prison, It costs the State of Wisconsin at that time over $29,000 per year to house an average inmate without medical conditions . I am a non-violent Offender and I have been lock down for over 11 years, I got 65 years prison for not even $350 street value of Cocaine, I have so many major illness and this can be confirmed by Taychedah Medical department.

From June 05 thru Feb 09 My Total Medical cost for Just those 4 Years are: $250.901.51 and the other 7 years are just as high, That's not including medicine and cost to be in prison nor for staff, My Total cost for the 11 years that I have been lock down is over a Million dollars.

It is much cheaper to put me on GPS monitoring, It would be in the interest of all tax payers, the State of Wis., to grant me a "Compassionate Release" due to my poor health and the money it cost to house and take care of me.

I wish to see my tax dollars going towards education and any alternative programs, instead of continued incarceration of an offender like Nancy Ezell. As a tax Payer we think that this amount of time given to Ms. Ezell is too Harsh.


Address_________________ City_____________________________

S ignature_____________________

daughter's plea

Action on Racial Disparity
Wisconsin is listed as one of the ten worse places to Be Black.

-tell me why my mother and grandmother have so much time?

- Nancy Ezell/ mother serving a 90 year sentence
- Nicole Ezell, daughter serving a 105 year sentence
Combined 195 years total
These are non-violent drug charges and are now serving time since 1998 at Taycheedah Correctional Institute