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.

The Midget

December 20th, 2019: As I look back into my memory bank, I've decided to share with you one of the craziest trips I have ever made.

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Bright, Shiny Ideas

December 13th, 2019: Since coming to this privately-run Texas prison, I’ve learned that MTC has built the better mousetrap when it comes to incarceration. And no, I’m not on their salesforce.

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Respite

December 6th, 2019: Due to all of the deaths over the heat in the Texas prison system, T.D.C.J. has been under fire for allowing inmates to be severely tortured to death. So far they have admitted to 23 prisoner deaths due to heat-related causes since 1998.

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Not Sent to Prison to Die

November 29th, 2019: I want to talk about several things in this chapter that mean a lot to me and every prisoner serving time in T.D.C.J. I have thought a lot about how I can describe the situation that I am wanting to talk about to describe inhumane treatment.

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Budding Abolitionist

November 15th, 2019: In an article from C.U.R.E. (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants) they advocated for the repeal of the 13th Amendment, not because he endorsed the next round of slavery, but because it allows slavery as a form of penal correction.

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To The Ranking Officers

November 8th, 2019: In my previous chapter I talked a little about the Texas prison system Correctional officers 1-5 or shift guards.

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For All of the T.D.C.J. Guards

November 1st, 2019: It seems to me at times like everyone that works for the Texas prison system is mad, or feels it's their duty to act mad.

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T.D.C.J.Wardens

October 25th, 2019: As I look back and think of my past experiences in the Texas prison system, I can not help but wonder why no one has come forward and truly done something that would urge our state officials to make some drastic changes to this corrupt prison system.

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Can’t Do Time

October 18th, 2019: Sadly, I've heard dozens of reports during my incarceration of people who had their time miscalculated and had to jump through all kinds of hoops to get the credit for all of the time they've served.

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Three Dollar Bills

October 11th, 2019: You've read in these very pages that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's grievance system is a joke, that it doesn't work, that there's never any kind of meaningful change as a result of the grievances filed. It's as legit as a $3 bill.

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Proceedings

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