Any information concerning medical neglect/abuse on the Ellis,Estelle,Hughes Units, please contact:
Jimmy Ferguson –
KPFT 90.1 The Prison Show 419 Lovett Blvd Houston TX 77006
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We are targeting these two units due to the rise in deaths/rapes on these units
Embarrassing and high-profile mistakes going on in Texas prisons from a man in a wheel chair escaping and a man making death threats from a cell phone on death row, 11 news reporter Shern-Min Chow spoke with a man who spent years as a Warden and now he’s lobbying for prison reform.
An interview with author and former prisoner Shawn Griffith
If given the attention it deserves, an important new book is certain to make significant contributions to the public discussions of US prison policy. The author, Shawn Griffith, was released last year from Florida’s prison system at the age of 41, after spending most of his life, almost 24 years, behind bars, including seven in solitary confinement.
by Kenny Zulu Whitmore
Revolutionary greetings, my people.
Prison is a lonely, dark, cruel reality where you immediately become trapped in a time warp on one of the many modern day plantations that have sprung up like trees across America.
Rape in prison is a part of the fabric as is rotten, evil, racist corrections officers, or COs. One of America’s taboos right up with “There are no…
Last week, it emerged that the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) had sent a letter to 48 states offering to take their prisons off their hand in exchange for a quick infusion of cash. The only small catch was that the states would have to sign a contract guaranteeing 90% occupancy of those prisons for the next 20 years…
For decades now, many small towns across America that fell on hard times were only too happy to embrace the prison industry as their economic salvation. The CCA’s website features an article from the Texas Monthly magazine, entitled “Yes in my Back Yard: How Eden learned to stop worrying and love its private prison”, about one such town called Eden, which is apparently besotted with its CCA-owned detention center. While the CCA has become one of the leading local employers, the article cheerfully notes that “At least half the town’s 2,500 residents live behind bars.”
The half of the town that is behind bars didn’t get to weigh in with their feelings about what it’s like to live in a prison town. Presumably, for them, Eden is no paradise. But the town’s free citizens, many of whom have jobs in the prison, will not hear a bad word said against it.
The nature of the work did not seem to bother anyone too much, apart from the admission that the town still loses young people who, apparently, don’t grow up dreaming of a prison job. All in all, though, the Texas Monthly reports so much enthusiasm about the prison that one can’t help considering the possibility that Eden may have hit on the economic model of the future whereby one half of the town is behind bars and the other half is gainfully employed to keep them that way. What’s not to like?
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AUSTIN, Texas — Health care money for Texas’ 156,000 prison inmates will be cut by $75 million in the new fiscal year starting Sept. 1 under a slimmed-down $3.06 billion budget Texas corrections officials disclosed Friday.
The health care reductions account for the largest difference from the $3.12 billion budgeted for the nation’s second-largest prison system in the 2011 fiscal year.
Specifics of the overall prison agency budget, with money approved by the Texas Legislature in the recently concluded session where a state budget shortfall overshadowed nearly all lawmakers’ work, were revealed at the Texas Board of Criminal Justice meeting in Austin.
“We will have our work cut out for us in terms of developing levels of service, developing partnerships and rate structures so we can make these appropriation levels work,” Brad Livingston, executive director of the Department of Criminal Justice, told the board. “We received certainly a very loud and clear message, along with our partners, that there’s an expectation that we develop cost-savings mechanisms and partnerships and overall approaches to make this work.”
Health care at more than 100 prisons has been the responsibility of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for nearly two decades under contracts with the prison system. UTMB accounts for about 80 percent of the care, and officials there and at Texas Tech have said they provide the care at a deficit.
“The expectations on the part of everybody is that we develop a system, a partnership, and tighten those partnerships we have to make the funding levels work,” Livingston said.
April 2010 – Each week, the staff of the prison watchdog group Just Detention International receives about 30 letters from inmates who say they’ve been sexually assaulted in prisons across the nation.
More than a quarter of those letters come from one state: Texas.
Sexual abuse is a problem in prisons from Rikers Island to Albany, N.Y. But even when adjusted for the number of inmates in a given prison system, Texas still stands out as the state where sexual assault in prison is most prevalent.
Garrett Cunningham was an inmate at the Luther Unit in Navasota, Texas, in 2000, when he says a corrections officer twice his size accosted him on his way to the shower, handcuffed him, raped him, and then forced him into the shower. Cunningham said the officer threatened to have him transferred to “a rougher unit where I would be raped all the time” if he told anyone about the assault.
Cunningham told his story to a panel of congressmen investigating sexual abuse in prisons in 2005.
“Many men and women in Texas experience sexual abuse at the hands of officers and other prisoners,” Cunningham said. “Their pleas for help go unanswered by administrators and staff.”