Letters From Inside the Prison

When someone goes to prison, we don't expect it to be like attending a country club. The media often paints famous prisons like a stay at summer camp. The truth is that Texas prisons are FAR from any vacation. In fact, they are a business established to keep people in as long a possible and consider it a victory when someone returns.

These letters are written by those who have first-hand experience as a prisoner to the atrocities going on each day. They tell of inhumane treatment by those in charge to people that were entrusted to ensure basic rights as a human.

Got Sleep?
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Since arriving on the Hightower Unit, I have observed, and been a victim of, the most systematic program of sleep deprivation in my almost 15 years of incarceration. After only several days here, I knew I needed to start documenting it, because it’s bad

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Paradise Lost
Blog

The last time I wrote you, I was still basking in the air-conditioned comfort of the Diboll Unit, and I had many of the creature comforts you take for granted like an ability to enter and exit my “bedroom” at will, cable television I can actually watc

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My That's a Big Rumor
Blog

While I haven’t much experience with oncology, I’ve far too much experience with medical care in the Texas prison system, and so I issued a “red alert” of my own, and asked the readers of these columns to start making phone calls on Bradley’s be

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 The Fred Cruz Story: Part 3 - A Small Hard Step Forward
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The lawsuits that Cruz and Jalet, and the eight hoe squad began, would’ grow into a legal case that would shake the Texas prison system to the core.

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The Fred Cruz Story Part 2
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The warden and major accused Fred Cruz of “agitating” the other prisoners. If he kept writing people about matters that didn’t pertain to his case, he would be put in solitary indefinitely.

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The Fred Cruz Story Part 1
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I am going back in time, to 1967. A time that all of the Texas prisons looked more like slave plantations, than a prison system.

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A Plea for Help
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Another sad case of an inmate not getting the medical care they need to address a serious medical condition.

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Reflections of How Prisoners Should Be Treated
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society is fast to judge every person who steps inside a prison, as a hard-core killer. Which is so far from the truth.

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No Sense at All
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I want to show how the prison system will take any situation and turn it into an opportunity to punish hundreds of prisoners, because of a few idiots.

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Saying Goodbye, Again
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Saying goodbye is an unfortunate part of prison life that it provides ample opportunity for meeting new people and building new friendships, but the cost of that is the certainty that most of the people around you will, sooner or later, disappear.

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TDCY Needs to Move Out of the Stone Age
Blog

It’s pretty safe to say that the people running this prison system are criminals who do not obviously care about the laws of the state, or the federal laws, that our country is governed by

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Blog

Throughout my book, I have written about the atrocities that have taken place, and continue to take place, inside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system. Jovell Dennis is one of the saddest stories I've heard.

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Proceedings

The Attorneys
  • Francisco Hernandez
  • Daniel Hernandez
  • Phillip Hall
  • Rocio Martinez