Donations and How to Write Bart

As of right now there are over 2.3 million incarcerated individuals in the United States.  25% of the world’s incarcerated men and women right here in the Land of the Free.  Of this number there have been over 2,000 (300 when we first started working on Bart’s case) exonerations of individuals who were serving multi-decade or lifetime imprisonment sentences for violent crimes they did not commit that have occurred in the past 10 years with many more to come.  To err is human and as a result wrongful convictions can and do occur just as happened to Bart.

Prisoners have no way of earning money except through the charity of their family or friends.   Did you know that all prisoners have to pay for their own stationery, postage, writing instruments, underwear, socks, tennis shoes, personal care products such as toothpaste, and shaving cream?  Prison commissary items are also available for prisoners who can afford them such as snacks like ramen noodles, cookies and potato chips.  Barton does not smoke and smoking within the prisons is no longer allowed.  His prized possessions are a small TV, a tablet device he can use to receive and send e-mails, a plastic fan and a pair of sneakers.  If you wish to help Barton with purchasing products he can use and obtain some level of enjoyment until the day he can become free, there is a direct method of payment to the prisoner through  www.JPay.Com. Use Bart’s prison ID number which is K75924 in the state of Illinois.  A far simpler method is to use the Donate Button on the home page and located to the right that is connected to a PayPal account set up exclusively for Bart.

How to make a contribution to Barton:

Click the yellow Donate button found on the right side of this page in order to make a donation of any amount using your PayPal account or a credit / debit card.  Alternatively you can go to that charges a $7.00 processing fee.  If using Jpay use Bart’s ID number K-75924 when prompted.  Immediately his identification will be confirmed and your payment will be added to the account of Barton McNeil with the funds available to be used at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center commissary.
If using JPAY the initial screen will look like this:
Get Started (new customers)
<—–  (key in here Bart’s prisoner I.D. K75924)

Don’t know the ID #?

Bart is also an avid reader and lists history, metaphysics, and science as his interests.  Books, magazines, or letters can be sent to Bart at the following mailing address:

Barton McNeil K75924

5835 State Route 154

Pinkneyville, IL 62274 

Funds are also needed to help with the investigations and research. Your donations can be sent directly to the following non-profit organization that is supporting Bart’s case:

Illinois Innocence Project

One University Plaza

MS Public Affairs Center 451

Springfield IL 62703-5407

More can be learned about the Illinois Innocence Project at:

The Project is affiliated with the University of Illinois Springfield and Champaign-Urbana campuses.

Thank you for your generous support!


Beginning December 2016, persons are now able to correspond with inmates through e-mail as inmates can now obtain wireless tablet devices.

20 e-mail credits cost just $4.00.  Each e-mail can be approximately 1,200 characters in length.  Frequently e-mails can be received and replied to within 24 hours as all correspondence is monitored to ensure no criminal activity is taking place.

The following is the website in order to establish an e-mail account with Bart:


You will need to set up an account and using a search utility, locate prisoner Barton McNeil who is located at Menard State Prison that is part of the Illinois Department of Corrections

When successfully locating him, it should show the following information:

Mcneil, Barton 04/22/1959 K75924

Thank you for your support!  Barton will write to you acknowledging your generous gift.  Why?  As he has plenty of time on his hands in which to do so!  He enjoys making new friends.