Kevin Arrives at Prison

from Support Kevin and Tyler

Following 3 weeks in transit, Kevin arrives at prison.9063539-large1-54620_200x200

After a few weeks at a reception facility, where his communications were limited, Kevin arrived at his prison destination this week. And it’s a strange one.

Kevin was sentenced last month to 2.5 years in prison for possessing wire cutters and camouflage clothing prosecutors say were to be used in the raid of a fox farm the night of his arrest.

Good news and bad news

The bad news is, Kevin is at a prison. And a good portion of the population is works at on-site “dairy processing” and “meat processing” facilities.

The good news is, it’s a minimum security prison. Often animal liberation prisoners are sent to higher security prisons that are not consistent with their “crimes.” This happens in response to  prisoners whose crimes the prisons don’t understand, or to alarmist “terrorist” rhetoric in the media.

Prison has an on-site “meat processing” facility

It is a twist of cruel irony that the prison where Kevin was designated has an on-site flesh-processing plant, where prisoners process animal flesh for the prison system. There is also a dairy facility at the prison. View a video about all of this here:

He can receive mail again, so please send him a letter at his new address:

Note: Kevin’s legal name is “Kevin Johnson.”

Kevin Johnson
M42382
Vandalia Correctional Center
Post Office Box 500
Vandalia, Illinois 62471

Mail rules at Vandalia Correctional Center:

Here are the mail rules lifted directly from the Illinois State Prison’s website. They seem to indicate books can be mailed directly to prisoners, provided they are in the correct type of envelope.

“Inmates can receive correspondence, legal mail and publications, which are reviewed to determine whether they are obscene or constitute a danger to safety and security. The institutional Publication Review Committee reviews all publications that are not on the approved list, and will disapprove materials that do not meet criteria. Inmates can receive publications, including books, periodicals, magazines, newspapers and catalogs in accordance with department regulations. Inmates can receive publications from a vendor, friend or family. There is no limit through the mail. Publications brought to the facility shall be limited to 5 per visit.

Guidelines need to be followed for envelopes and packages.

  • Envelopes that are padded with clear bubble wrap will be accepted. Envelopes that have this type of padding can be easily scanned.
  • Envelopes padded with gray diamond dust and corrugated cardboard boxes mailed from family and friends will not be accepted and will be returned to the sender without being opened.”

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Please send Kevin a letter of support :

Kevin Johnson (Olliff) M42382
Vandalia Correctional Center
P.O. Box 500
Vandalia, IL 62471

Tyler Lang was released in November.

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