The Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) is at it again, working to diminish the lives of the incarcerated in the Lone Star State. No new prisons are currently being built in Texas because of the present state of the economy, yet we keep locking up our citizenry in ever-increasing numbers and leasing out prison bed space to the Department of Homeland Security for Immigrant Detention. The solution that TDC has come up with is to eliminate what little recreational space prisoners have in day rooms and gyms by putting extra beds in what used to be the only spaces where prisoners could relax or get exercise. TDC has conveniently managed not to expand the restrooms or shower facilities as it adds more beds to each prison wing, which already houses on average ten more prisoners than the housing unit was meant to hold. This will cause incredible sanitation problems and public health issues for the folks locked up in Texas prisons.
Please write a letter to share your disgust and outrage with the continuing overcrowding in Texas prisons. Letters received before January 12, 2012 can help to prevent the addition of fifteen more beds to each housing wing in every Texas prison. Write to:
Melinda Bozarth, general counsel
P. O. Box 13084
Austin, TX 78911-3084
In your letter, please mention:
- Sanitation problems on a large scale will occur in the restroom and shower facilities of Texas prisons if the overcrowding continues to expand.
- Please prevent the addition of fifteen new beds in each day room space, and remove the ten beds currently encroaching into each day room.
- Please do not take away gymnasium and exercise facilities and deem them replacement day room spaces.
- Please do not add prisoners to any TDC facility without first putting in place sufficient numbers of toilets, sinks, and showers to serve the expanding prisoner population.