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.

A MEDICAL ADVENTURE
Blog

Here’s the second installment of my ongoing saga
 of incarceration in the TDCJ. I’m really not trying to whine.

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A TRIP TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE by Jason McGraw
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Most all of us at one time or another are going to experience a trip to the hospital sometime in our lives, and usually these memories leave some unpleasant memories for us. Note, imagine your worst nightmare of a hospital visit and times that by a hundre

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KEEPING IT CLEAN by Mike Powers
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My job here on the unit is clothing exchanger. What that means is that I work for the laundry department and my specific task is to take dirty clothes and exchange them for 
clean ones every weekday. I REALLY like my job. It doesn’t take up a lot of m

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Building Behemoth 2 by Jay Goodman
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As the 1980’s came to an end, Texas by now, was one of the most violent prson systems in our country. Every day, people were being stabbed or killed. Inmates’ families were calling Huntsville and Austin, demanding an

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The Texas Department of Criminal Injustice, by Mike Powers
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Every six months, no matter whether it’s needed or not, TDCJ prison units are given a semi-annual shakedown. The way it works is that on a day as close as possible to the 6-month anniversary of the last shakedown, at about 6 AM, an announcement comes ov

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The Bottom Line in Prison, by Mike Powers
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Keeping people in prison is an expensive proposition. I’ve seen varying numbers, usually depending on what point of view the providing party is trying to push, but I think the most reliable number is that it

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Super Segregation in Prison, by Jay Goodman
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This is part two of the essay I started about the TDCJ’s high-security super segregation units. As I talked about the war between the gangs and all the Violence that was happening, I suspect a lot of you probably thought,

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A Christmas Blessing in Prison
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I was on the chain again last week for my first followup visit after my surgery for hammer toe.

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The Death of a Cartographer by Mike Powers
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I just got back from John Seely Hospitalvin Galveston, Texas, where I had surgery on my toes. Specifically, I had a “joint capsulotomy, metatarsal osteotomy, toe correction, tendon lengthening, and splint application”. The doctors and nurses were grea

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No Tomorrow
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Since coming to prison, I’ve read countless biographies and testimonies concerning people who have found themselves on the wrong side of the razor wire. Seems like the majority of the time, the stories all start out the same way

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Total Articles: 141

Proceedings

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