Troubling Deeds in Prison, by Mike Powers

By | Criminal

I’d like to tell you about some things in here that can get you in real trouble, and things I see all the time that the officers here don’t seem to care about at all. To be honest, I think some of them will surprise you, because, if you think about these things anything like I do, you’d think that violating the zero-tolerance policy of sexual activity or smoking K2- synthetic amrijuana- would be serious breaches of the rules around…

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A New Type of Manipulation, by Jay Goodman

By | Criminal

I have been talking about the early 1990s, and all of
the violence, and I’ve talked about the big prison boom
that took Texas from around 50 some thousand inmates to almost 200,000 we have today. And, they went from a few 
dozen prisons to over one hundred. The Puppetmasters knew
f or sure that no one from the 1980s had gotten rehabilitated. Hell, they were lucky to be alive. They knew they would need prisons for these people so they could come…

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Starving to Control in Prison, by Jay Goodman

By | Criminal

It shouldn’t surprise me, or the people who have been reading some of these chapters the kind of crap they can come up with to screw over the prisoners. It’s crazy the the lengths they will go to and the absolutely ridiculous ideas they implement. Anyone with half a brain would say this stuff is retarded. And if it was anyone besides the Puppetmasters running this crazy, dysfunctional system, they’d be fired on the spot. Let me give you some…

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CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? (Part II), By Mike Powers

By | Criminal

Getting along in prison isn’t just about being able to figure out which officers you need to avoid and which ones you can rely on if your safety is threatened, of course. Even more important than that, you must be able to figure out what kind of prisoners you will associate with. You’ve already read about some of the outrageously idiotic, but sadly true ways that some folks in here use to figure out who they will associate with. (Remember…

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INMATES FLAMBE By Jay Goodman

By | Criminal

Before I continue on through the 1990s and the Puppetmasters, I want to talk about another issue that has plagued the men 
and women inside the Texas prison system- the heat. It’s 
been an issue that most people in our whole country have
 heard of. I have family in Cincinnati and New York, and they have seen coverage of it on the TV news and read about it
 in their newspapers from a thousand miles away. Naturally, it’s been a…

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21st CENTURY SCARLETT LETTER

By | Criminal

by Mike Powers When I was kid growing up out in Odessa, Texas, The Scarlet Letter was required reading. The premise of the story is that it was wrong for the Puritan society of early America to heap scorn upon the story’s protagonist/adultress by forcing her to wear a scarlet “A” on her person at all times. With good story-telling, American youth are taught that American justice is about repentance, not public shaming 
and humiliation, or at least should be….

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ONE-LEGGED MAN IN AN ASS-KICKING CONTEST

By | Criminal

By Kris Russell Last time, I started telling my story in hopes that I could keep others from following in my footsteps. I’d like to pick up where I left off last time, because it was kind of a cliff-hanger. If you remember, I’d left my beautiful family behind and started seeing this girl named Jenny. Trying to get away from the law in Texas, we went to Elk City, Oklahoma to live with her sister. For the record, 
I…

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The Great Escape by Jay Goodman

By | Criminal

I’ve been hitting you all with some pretty heavy stuff, lately, so I wanted to take a break and tell you one of  the funny stories from my life of adventure. Thinking about the many tales I could relate, I decided to tell you about one of my near misses, where the law had me red-handed, but through nothing but a miracle, I would not only get away, but do so in a way it’s almost comical.  Let me explain…

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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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The Texas Department of Criminal Injustice, by Mike Powers

By | Criminal

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 over the PA, “Rack it up! Rack it up!” No, the guards are not talking about cans of vegetables at the Walmart. They’re referring to us, the prisoners,
and it’s an order to return to…

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