To: Dean Stensberg, Edward Wall, The Wisconsin State House, and The Wisconsin State Senate

Free Ron Schilling at last

Ron Schilling 32219, KMCI

Born In 1951, Ron Schilling is now 64 and has been incarcerated since 1976, 39 plus years. He killed a man during a drug deal gone bad. He has never shied away from taking responsibility for his crime and has served his time well, staying clear of major conduct reports and earning several advanced degrees while PELL Grants were still available. He is a fine musician, poet and litigator and an inspiration to those around him.
Ron was granted parole by former Parole Chairman Leonard Wells until he became a victim of the new tough on crime rhetoric that cost him his parole and Leonard Wells his job. Since then, he has been back and forth from Minimum to Medium security and is transferred without a word on why, and is convinced there is retaliation going on.
Ron Schilling is an Old-Law prisoner and was eligible for parole after serving 13-1/2years . There is no good reason why we are wasting taxpayer money on entombing this man and the more than 2500 others who are eligible and rehabilitated. Funds are much better spent on rehabilitation and treatment for the Truth In Sentencing prisoners (TIS - those who were convicted after 2000) who are getting little education or treatment because health care for elderly Old-Law prisoners is taking all the funds.
We ask for parole for Ron Schilling because he has served enough time for punishment and he still has good years left . He has much to give our troubled world and has well earned a second chance.

Below is a quote by Ron's Social Worker at Jackson Correctional Institution, written in support of his parole bid in 2000: "Mr Schilling has a keen mind and a good heart. If he is not a successful candidate for restoration to the community, then no one on my caseload could possibly be!"

Why is this important?

Ron is someone we love and miss very much. He has a lot to offer, and would like to offer it while he is still able to. He has a promising future, and we would like to see him live it and make future memories with us while he still can. He has been locked away from us all for 40 years! Please sign this petition and help us get this much loved and needed man home to us. Thank you and God Bless!

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Reasons for signing

  • The man that Ron killed was my or would have been my uncle. Ron should have been released YEARS ago! There’s absolutely NO GOOD REASON why Ron is still in prison for what happened, when the other two have been released for many years now! You can’t continue to punish one person for several people’s actions!
  • Ron is a good man and a fine musician. He has paid his debt in full.
  • He is a good man now, and has been held longer than anyone in his case. I laws changed on sentencing his time has never changed with it. I believe it has to do with not who he killed but who that man was related to. He has paid more than enough in the abuse and opression he has endured from the relatives