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Useful Carnage

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by Jay Goodman I want to show you how the Puppetmasters began to spin their web of deceit, manipulation and lies, and left a slew of inmates dead along their path to trying to regain control of the state prison system after Ruiz. With everything I’ve written so far, I’m sure you can see the type of people who are running this system, and I know it must be unimagineable for most people reading this to picture in their minds…

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Going to Prison Chapter 5

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by Jason Chase Early morning I’m awakend and informed I’m on chain. After what seemed like forever waiting to start a prison sentence experience, up until now, I could only imagine in my head and piece together information given from inmates who have been down before. Even with almost two years of preparation, nothing prepared me for this. I’m going to prison. I’m shuttled to another, bigger, county to catch the “Blue bird” prison bus. There’s nothing blue about this…

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THE PUPPETMASTERS by Jay Goodman

By | Criminal

I’ve written about how TDCJ used to be run. I have talked about the worthless grievance system. And, I told you a little about how the kitchens are being run. About that, I’m trying to get some good documentation for you to look at to prove some of what I’m saying, to prove that there is stealing going on, and that the “good guys”, not the convicts, are the ones stealing it. So, count on some more kitchen information. Right…

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Second Class Prisoners

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by Mike Powers As I’ve written each one of the essays you’ve read so far, it’s been my goal to present as much relevant and interesting material as possible, but always with the goal of change in mind. Nothing can be done, unless the people with proper authority in our great state can get this information, and then have the courage to act on it. And I do mean courage, because, it will be a long, hard battle, and it…

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A Gripping Prisoner’s Story Chapter 3

By | Criminal

As I sit down to write about the Texas prison system, my mind races in many different directions. But, maybe a better way of putting it is that my emotions start getting the best of me. Just thinking about it, I get frustrated, angry, upset. But most of all, what I feel more than anything else, is DISBELIEF over what I’ve seen and heard since coming to this system over a dozen years ago. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice…

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The Long, Warm Shower

By | Criminal

TO THE LONG, WARM SHOWER By Mike Powers When I first got to my “I.D.” unit (a prisoner’s unit of assignment), I tried to explain to my friends and family how it took three hours to take a shower. They couldn’t believe it. I’m not trying to say that every shower I try to take in here will cost me three hours of my day, but
 the circumstances I’m about to describe occur often enough that I can say it…

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A Gripping Prisoner’s Story Chapter 4, Hope and Sleep

By | Criminal

Hope and sleep are probably the two best friends of the prisoner. That is probably also why they are the two greatest tools of torturous interrogators. Keep a man awake long enough, and he’ll be confessing to having kidnapped the Lindbergh baby and shooting John F. Kennedy all while flying a jet into a tower full of people. But even more powerful than this wonderful door that opens up to the prisoner every time he can put a few precious…

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A Gripping Prisoner’s Story Chapter 2 Rehabilitation

By | Criminal

Truth, justice, and the American way. I beg you to believe that I absolutely embrace these qualities from the bottom of my heart, yeah, I know I committed a heinous crime, but I KNEW what I was doing was wrong. In my heart heart, I believed in what was right, even though I chose not to do it. I grew up in a working class family, and I often watched as both of my parents worked full-time jobs to try…

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A Gripping Prisoner’s Story Chapter 1

By | Criminal

I could start this story in so many different places that the Hollywood hautte coutre would have a field day with it. But whenever my mind runs over my “prison story” it always starts in the same place. It’s not as would make sense to most, my first day “in the slammer” when the big steel door slams behind you like you always see in the movies. No, for me, my first day always begins with my last day in…

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AN OBJECTIVELY REASONABLE LEVEL OF CARE

By | Criminal

The University of Texas Medical Branch is the healthcare provider for the eastern region of the TDCJ. Out west, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center takes care of those inmates. In my transfer time, I was out in West Texas, and then I moved to my ID unit in the eastern region, so I’ve had a chance to experience both. I’d say, hands down, that Texas Tech does a much better job overall, especially in the department of compassion, but…

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