Texas and Florida’s prison systems are in a race to the bottom, one that the FBI and Department of Justice are well aware of and are obliged to interrupt with investigations and prosecutions for the federal Color Of Law civil rights crime of Failure to Keep From Harm. Neither states’ governor can claim ignorance of the deliberate harm that is happening to inmates; both should serve stiff federal sentences – perhaps life – for allowing the harm to not only to continue, but to intensify.
Please read all of You Will Suffer in Silence: The Lack of Redrezz in Texaz Prisonz (2017) directly from the authors blog, here. And please read the Miami Herald’s story about Florida’s latest caught-in-the-act inmate abuse, here. Thank you.
I recall a couple years back when a guard here at the William P. Clements Unit remarked to me, that I had no idea how corrupt Texas really is. I almost begged to differ, and was about to recount all the corruption I’d witnessed over the years, but I caught myself and then began to take closer account. I began consciously scrutinizing the laws and rules of the Texas government and how completely and openly the laws and rules were broken by officials.
I had a clue from studying the court decisions in the groundbreaking Ruiz v. Estelle federal lawsuit which had been brought by Texas prisoners challenging a huge range of inhumane conditions within the Texas prison system. That case which lasted over two decades, pit an unusually justice-oriented Texas federal judge, aptly named William Wayne Justice, against the entire corrupt bureaucracy of the Texas…
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