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.

Covid-19
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Throughout my 15 years of incarceration inside the Texas prison system I have learned never under any circumstances ever say or think it can’t get any worse than it already is. Because they have shown me over and over again that once you start thinking

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Certified
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Here on the Hightower Unit, you can be a sex offender. But, only a resident that has completed the Sex Offender Rehabilitation Program can be what is known in the local vernacular as a “CERTIFIED sex offender.” The phrase is used by those who have co

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Stupid is As Stupid Does
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The simple fact of the matter is that the TDCJ has had almost fifteen years to facilitate the process of making sure this parolee has someplace to live. And once again, they've displayed the utter incompetence that I have come to so strongly loathe.

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A Plot Twist
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Being in prison is a lot like living out the script of a daytime soap opera, often times, in that while the characters come and go, the plot never really changes. Yeah, Jonathan might be in the hospital this week, while Nancy and Carlos are having marital

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Parole Or Nightmare
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I received an F-I-1 parole on February 7, 2020. I could never begin to explain how happy and grateful I felt at that moment. After 15 years of incarceration inside the Texas presence, it is truly the word everyone wants to hear. In my last chapter I talk

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Parole After 15 Years
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I have been incarcerated for 15 years and three months right now. At times it seems to have gone by fast and it other times it seemed like it’s been eternity. I needed to have 15 years completed before I was eligible for parole, I finally saw the Texas

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Long Term Incarceration
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I’ve written a lot about the effects of long-term isolation, I wrote two chapters called super segregation and showed how even normal people are going crazy back in these isolation cells just sitting there 24 hours a day, four weeks, months, years, and

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A Cold Wind Blows
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When I was catching the chain bus my first day in the custody of the State of Texas, there was snow on the ground. For whatever reason, inmates transferring out of Tarrant County at that time weren't allowed to wear any shoes, and I spent that first trip

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“Almost” – Zero Tolerance
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Go just about anywhere behind prison walls that an inmate is permitted to go, and you will find a sign that explains the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's "Zero-Tolerance Policy" for any kind of sexual harassment or sexual assault. In almost-fifteen

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Making Bloomberg Look Good
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Whether you're Red or Blue, I think we can all pretty much agree on the fact that New York Mayor, Mike Bloomberg's, failure to take the President's and the experts' warnings seriously and start the shelter in place warnings earlier than he did has caused

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Don’t Feed The Birds
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Some of you may recall one of Alfred Hitchcock's most iconic films, "The Birds", which features mesmerizing scenes of enormous flocks of birds that begin violently attacking their human prey. I've come to believe in the last couple of days that Lt.

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Virulogical Penology
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Truth is, I'm sure, you've been wondering how the TDCJ is managing this Wuhan Flu Pandemic, that is, if you are any regular reader of these articles at all. And the answer is, as usual, not well. I'll get more into that in a second, but not without tellin

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Proceedings

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