Prisoners look upon the summer months in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) with dread and trepidation. For one is acutely aware that one may not survive another summer. Many do not. It is not uncommon for the temperature to [...]
1. Start looking at results. When prisoners are released and are successful and do not come back, see what is the same amongst them. Do not just write it as a statistic and stare at it. Act on it. Utilize the [...]
I died that night. Twice. Later, I was told that when I arrived at the medical department I did not have a heartbeat and I had stopped breathing. I was clinically dead. But the medical staff at the Coffield Unit did not give up on me.
Everyone in prison is ready to help in some way or another, but the word “help” has a very fluid definition. It can mean to do something to assist, but also to extort or rape or kill. I learned it’s better to be as independent as possible in here.
I polled 30 fellow prisoners with these 2 questions: a. “What’s the best thing that’s happened in prison?” b. “What’s the worst thing that’s happened in prison?”