Phone Zap: Fight phone restrictions in the Wisconsin prison system

Please take a moment to help today, January 22, to help with a mass phone zap against  Makda Fessahaye, the head of the Wisconsin prison system’s Division of Adult Institutions. (DAI), to fight the restriction of phone access for incarcerated people.

Call (608) 240-5104   extension 8

Sample script: “Can I speak with Makda Fessahaye, the admin direction? [to her, her voicemail or her secretary] I am calling today in regards to the new restrictions on phone usage for incarcerated people at Columbia, Oshkosh and Stanley Correctional. These arbitrary restrictions are extremely harmful, both for the incarnated people and their families. Incarnated people are feeling very isolated from their families and loved ones and all this will do is cause tension and that can be a recipe for disaster. Many family members work during the day and can’t take personal calls so that people inside lose their call for the day. People are getting frustrated. So to avoid any potential disaster I am asking that you to restore the phone rules to the way they were before June 2019. We’ve tried calling the prisons directly and are being ignored, so we’re calling you today. ”

  After calling, it is also helpful to send the message as an email to to help document your communication. When sending this email, cc us at so we can track overall numbers. You can also email us if you have any questions. Thank you for helping to improve conditions in the Wisconsin prison system. 

To read more about the conditions at Columbia, see here:

To see past efforts we’ve done with the phone restriction effort see here:  

To see how-to guide on phone and email zap, go here:

To see victories that have come about from this tactic (and others) by inside and outside organizing, go  here: