I think there’s nothing more boring than trying to follow another person’s story about fighting some big company or bureaucracy, but here is the correspondence so far between Moose Lake and me.
Good afternoon Ms. Marertz, [He spelled my name so wrong that I don’t need to anonymize it]
I do recall our conversation and agree it was respectful communication by both of us. Thank You again for the phone call.
I have proceeded to look into your suggestion (visitor signing up to get email alerts for changes)and see if it is a viable application for the department. This may take some time, but the communication I have had with the departments IT department as well as other supervisors/managers they like the concept. I will continue working on this project.
My recollection of the conversation regarding a ban notification was that I did state the possibility of you receiving a ban notification as you had taken a photo outside the facility and would not erase the photo as well as arguing with staff. I said if you would have stated your concern, went out and changed your blouse, you would have been able to visit, but due to the escalation of the situation and the photo taken outside the facility, you may receive a ban. I apologize if I was not clear enough on the ban notice, but my recollection is you acknowledged this possibilty and we ended the conversation appropriately.
I do recall you stated you would be out of the country for some time after we spoke, I believe that to be the case and would not request flight stubs for verification and would see this sufficient enough to review your appeal outside the 15 day period. If you would like to appeal please submit your appeal prior to [13 days from the date of this email].
You may appeal to the Warden (Becky Dooley) by sending the appeal by mail to the facility addressed to the her, or you may email her at ____.
Again thank you for your suggestion
Lt. Mike Lott
The photo? The photo had not come up until I emailed it to him. The guards who surrounded my car hadn’t said anything about the photo. No one had asked me to erase it. So he was making stuff up as he went along. And yet I decided it would be best to eat crow in my appeal, which I submitted 10 days later. I took out the biting sarcasm but couldn’t resist drizzling a little on top.
Dear Ms. Dooley:
I am writing to appeal my six-month visitor ban. I am not aware of any guidelines or a form for this process, so I will just write this as a letter.
As you will see from our correspondence below, Mr. Lott and I have different recollections of our phone conversation. He recalls informing me that I will be banned, while I have no memory of that. He also seems to be saying that it is against the rules for me to have taken a photo of myself (attached)–the photo I took to show how I was dressed and that I was not wearing a low-cut top. If it is indeed against the rules for one to take a photo of oneself in the parking lot of a MN Correctional Facility, mea culpa, I honestly did not know.
As for the original incident, I take responsibility for my part in the conversation escalating and it would be great if Mr. Volk would do the same. I recognize that prison visits are tough for everyone. It’s just a rotten situation all around.
When I spoke to Mr. Lott, I told him I would be leaving the next day and be out of the country for work for three weeks. He sent the ban notice the next day–ensuring I would miss the appeal window. He has kindly consented to me having some extra time. Because I moved right after I got home, I wouldn’t have been able to visit Vince until this weekend–and now I am banned–and on Tuesday he will be transferred to boot camp where he is not allowed to have visitors for 2 months. I am his only visitor, so if the ban stays in effect, he will have no visitors for 7 months.
I would be happy to discuss what happened over the phone. My number is ___.