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.

What Is It Going To Take To Fix TDCJ
Blog

Throughout my book I have written about the complete disrespect the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has for the federal law. To Texas they could care less what the federal courts tell them. I have shown over and over how they will basically ignore th

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Working Six To Five
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With the exception of a few short months after surgeries and the time I spent on the Diboll Unit, I’ve always been assigned a job. Technically, this is necessary if the TDCJ is going to fulfill the law of the land, because it is legislated that every TD

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The Insane Cycle That Never Stops In TDCJ
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It’s amazing to see how far other states have grown compared to Texas, when it comes to rehabilitation and the treatment of their prisoners. You would also imagine that the people running our state would see the success other states have had and would i

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Shedding The Pounds
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Over a period of several weeks last spring, God began speaking to my heart about taking better care of myself physically. After losing my parents, I practiced in spades a lifelong habit of being an emotional eater. Not only that, but my history of struggl

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Running Rampant And Way Out Of Control At The Stiles Unit
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I have shown over and over the insanity of the Texas prison system, and their complete disregard for our safety or rehabilitation. I know better than anyone, never say, I thought I’d seen it all, when it comes to these Texas prisons.

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The Right To Rec
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I arrived on the Hightower Unit on August 26th. As I write this, the date is October 13th. That’s almost two months. Out of all of those days, I’ve been able to go to rec one time. ONE time. And that is taking every opportunity to do so.

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Self-exploration Begins
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Finally, the moment has arrived. The pinnacle of the whole experience, the purpose of my incarceration, the long-delayed day of reckoning. I have begun my sex offender treatment program. My only regret is that I wasn’t in it 16 years ago before I had an

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One Bad Apple, Should Not Change The Rules For Everyone
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You will hear this a lot in the Texas prison system, one bad apple spoils it for everyone. There have been too many guards and ranking officers say this when asked, why we are not allowed to do or have something. It’s really something they have been pro

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“Texas” A State Without A Conscience
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As I reflect over the last four chapters I just finished writing about Fred Cruz, and his attorney Frances Jalet, my mind races with many different emotions. I look at what the Texas prison system put these two people through, not because they were trying

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“Anyone” Can Be A Prison Guard, In Texas
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Here we are at the end of 2019, and the Texas prison system is no closer to changing its flawed system, than the Iranians are in becoming a Christian country. If anyone with common sense looked at each prison, they would laugh at the ignorance of the peop

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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
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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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Proceedings

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