Post Probation and Poetry


"Post-probation and poetry:

Short adventures through Transformative Justice, Convict Criminology, activism, and Poet Laureate" by Lucas Alan Dietsche





many poems sound awfully narrow, like a blog within a coffin of margins, a irking Facebook post, the magnetic crunching tape on a staring soulless soundtrack now, I will show you something non-homogenous and controversial, with my brain bending in the wind, with my pen, this syringe which stirs plasma rhetoric. these bright colored incantations making deaf, ears percolating pink. block me, call me, cancel me, draw x's on my grimace when i unplug that sedentary fire from scalp grains. nothing more vigorous than the aesthetic of a burning cigarette. my poetry both masculine, natural,

is poetry in screaming bleached eyes! ----"My mind attacks"

unpublished poem by Lucas Alan Dietsche


Finding Transformative Justice from Post-Probation 2015-2019

In 2006, I talked on a chat room to a minor that actually was part of an Ashland County, Wisconsin police sting. These stings are used to create strawmen and boogey men in a history of sex panics to create social control. I would service nine years in jail, prison for revocation, and treatment till 2015. When finished with probation was continually diagnosed with chronic depression, anxiety, and psychotypal personality disorder. My poetry and activism would horizontally be part of mental health activist work.

Post-probation would mean trying to deal with identity regarding family, friends, and re-socializing myself. I had to create, adapt, and struggle always on how to navigate through life mostly on my own, through non-cognitive therapy, socialization, and research. When 2020, COVID, and George Floyd happened, circumstances would arise making me blacklisted away from friends I knew for many years. Using Transformative Justice, I will present my transformative experience from probation to present.

2015-2020 These years were through great leaps and stops through the transformative process. Transformative Justice differs from the ambiguous and reformist Restorative Justice, because RJ does not take consideration of class, race, gender,sexuality, ableism, mental health, and incarceration stigmators as systematic forms of active imperialist oppression.


As per the Transformative Justice Journal, Transformative Justice is " a decolonizing and anti-oppression approach, however, views conflict not from the lens of the criminal justice system, but from the community; as such, those involved in the conflict are seen as individuals rather than victims or offenders. Moreover, transformative justice works to dismantle oppression by systems of domination, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, elitism, statism, classism, transphobia, ecocide, speciesism, and ableism within all domestic, interpersonal, global, and community conflicts that foster theories such as, but not limited to eugenics, capitalism, and colonialism. In short, transformative justice is restorative justice plus social justice. Transformative justice expands the social justice model, which challenges and identifies injustices, in order to create organized processes of addressing and ending those injustices and providing space and place for marginalized voices(Transformative Justice Journal,2020 https://transformativejusticejournal.org/volume-3-issue-1-2021/)

To make this process real through outreach, I became an active member of the Ex-Prisoners Organization, and other abolitionist movements. I became a part of Socialist Action, but was not allowed full membership,because of my backstory. I moved back to Superior, WI and Duluth, MN to be with friends and comrades. I would engage in activist work as a formerly incarcerated