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The report on the state of the federal judiciary in Austin (and Texas) was excellent and much appreciated. [“Austin's Sole Federal District Judge May Be the Most Overburdened in America
,” News, Sept. 29] No axe-grinding, just informed and highly relevant information on a neglected and important subject.
I read the article today about the prison shutdown in Texas [“Prisoners Report Going Hungry Amidst State Lockdown
,” News, Sep. 15] and wanted to thank you for covering this issue. My son is currently housed at the Estelle Unit and, as of 9/28/23, continues to be on lockdown. Not only are the heat conditions intolerable, showers infrequent, and laundry rarely washed, but inmates are unable to purchase food from the commissary to get enough nourishment while the lockdown continues. The quality of prison food varies by unit, but it is greatly diminished when on lockdown. The main staples are white bread and peanut butter for most meals. They are not given any time outside, and remain confined to their individual cells the majority of the day similar to solitary confinement. They have no television, no exercise options, limited recreation options, and no visitation.
My son was only supposed to be in Huntsville for a short time as he transitioned to a Prison Entrepreneurship Program he was accepted into. Then the fire occurred and now he seems to be stuck in limbo in a very unpleasant place. I pray for his safety, his health, and his sanity (along with everyone else in similar situations.)
The inhumane treatment of any Texans in our state should be a concern for all Texans. Regardless of their legal status, they deserve to be treated with dignity and given basic human rights like adequate food, daily showers, clean clothing, and the opportunity to go outside to get fresh air and see sunlight. Please continue to cover the injustice our prison system perpetrates on both inmates and family members trying to survive difficult circumstances.