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Super Segregation in Prison, by Jay Goodman

By | Criminal

In this segment, I want to take you into Texas’ High-Security Super Segs. You’ll remember I wrote that the state built these new units to house the gang members and other violent prisoners that were responsible for so much of the bloodshed in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and this was badly needed, because they needed to do SOMEthing to control the carnage. In some of the older prisons (“Red Bricks”) like Feguson, Wynne and Eastham, whole cell blocks…

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Making of War zone, by Jay Goodman

By | Criminal

After David Ruiz won his federal lawsuit and the judge put monitors at each of the prison units to insure their compliance with his orders, the Puppetmasters started the biggest war the state has ever seen. Of course, they will say, “How did we 
start a war? That was the prisoners!” And, in a way, that would be correct. But this is where the ingenuity of the Puppetmasters comes into play. You see, this place is a game to these…

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The Death of a Cartographer by Mike Powers

By | Criminal

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 great, but when you’re in prison, sooner or later, you get turned back over into the hands of TDCJ security. All good things must come to an end, including good medical care. I saw many unbelievable stories on this trip, many of them…

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Building Behemoth by Jay Goodman

By | Criminal

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 answers from elected and governor-appointed officials, but everyone seemed powerless to do anything to stop, the carnage. Exasperated, they finally turned to the prison officials that, had run the TDCJ as plantations for so many years. And this is exactly what the Puppetmasters…

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KEEPING IT CLEAN by Mike Powers

By | Criminal

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 my day. I go in at around 3:30AM and usually get done around 6:00AM. Most days I have to go back in
 and “restock” (put more clean clothes in the closet…

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EXECUTING THE INNOCENT By Jay Goodman

By | Criminal

Every state seems to want to be known for their toughness on crime, and naturally, Texas is no exception to this rule. In fact, Texas takes pride in leading the country in its number of uses of the death penalty,leading the nations  for many years in the annual count of executions. Yep. Every thing is bigger in Texas. And in this case, they do a hell  of a job of beating out all the competition, but at what cost? Before…

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A MEDICAL ADVENTURE by Mike Williams

By | Criminal

And here’s the second installment of my ongoing saga
 of incarceration in the TDCJ. I’m really not trying to whine. Really, but this is such a great way to let the reader know the things that are going on in here that no one besides God will ever see. And unless we write it down and something changes, these things will continue, and sooner or later, more lives will be lost. What I’m going to talk about today is very…

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A TRIP TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE by Jason McGraw

By | Criminal

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 hundred, and you might come close to what TDCJ inmates experience getting transported to and from the hospital for routine medical care. For a doctor’s visit that might be made to the general practitioner…

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12 1/2 years in Prison

By | Criminal

By Mike Powers I have 12 ½ years in prison in the State of Texas, and as I’m 
sure everyone will agree, Texas is well—known for their tough
ness on crime. However, from what I’ve seen, when it comes to
 what happens IN prison, that toughness seems to go out the winddow. Texas has a law called the Prison Rape Elimination Act and Texas Government Code 501.011 which provides for a “Zero-tolerance” policy regarding sexual abuse, including “consensual sexual contact”. These…

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SPREADIN’

By | Criminal

by Mike Powers You might have gotten the impression from the writing so far that everything about being locked up in the TDCJ is just plain rotten. Well, it is. Okay, except for maybe this one thing, and it’s a thing which might surprise you. Since I’ve been locked up, I’ve met some of the best fellows you could hope to meet in a lifetime, and some of them have become my very good friends. I mean, there’s some real…

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