Overcrowding in Texas Prisons: Write a Letter to Help Prevent Further Abuses, a post by Ashley Lucas

3 Jan

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.
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3 Responses to “Overcrowding in Texas Prisons: Write a Letter to Help Prevent Further Abuses, a post by Ashley Lucas”

  1. chloe March 14, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    The jails and prisons have become a buisness, it is not about if your guilty, it is about DA’s accepting charges and the state picking them up. Once they accept charges it is hard to prove your case no matter if you ,have witness,etc. The attorneys can’t even beat the prosecutors they are determined to win, it is either jail, prison or probation it is all about money. Try taking a good program, a year long, to an attorney to introduce to the judge for the person to go to, they will put you off another 6 months and then the person gets another petty crime. It is a bully system it is not about helping anyone and at least 50% of locked up inmates have no buisness in jail or prison. You would think educated people would have more integrity. Help make the ones productive that want to be. This country needs help. God bless the USA.

    • razorwirewoman March 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. I agree that the best programs are being cut or are already gone and that prisons in this country are run for profit and are becoming more and more disconnected from issues of guilt and innocence, much less any concept of preparing incarcerated folks to live better in the outside world. As you say, we need help–and lots of it.

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