Attention:Texas Legislators:

WHO is SWEATING

The Texas Extreme Summer Heat is here, AGAIN!

NOTATION furnished by TDCJ Inmates at these locations:For those that are unaware that Texas Department of Criminal Justice aka TDCJ Units in the Huntsville area are 75 to 125 years old including East Texas and South Texas. The older buildings do not allow Inmates to have more than a 25 wyatt light bulb because the electrical system will not carry the extra load of more wattage. Also, the plumbing is just as old. The sewers are always backing up and brown water comes out of the water pipes aka faucets. This is the Inmates'means of drinking water in their cells. Inmates need to be supplied with proper drinking glasses enabling them to have more than a 4 oz cup of water more than one time a day. The Inmates of Texas need to be furnished plenty of fresh cool water at all times, especially during the heat of the summer. These old units are infested with roaches, spiders, rats, mice, mold, bacterias that create the dugeon like atmospheres. TDCJ has a pestiside unit that can be more beneficial to exterminate all units on a regular basis.



Heat creates heart problems to become more evident in Inmates.

This is a reminder that many of the older Texas Prison Units ****** DO NOT ****** have the electrical capabilities to carry the extra load of FANS for the Inmates. As a result of this problem many Inmates ****** CAN NOT ****** have fans. The Texas Summer Temperatures have reached over 115 degrees some summers.(in the centre block cells the temperatures rise at least 10 degrees higher than what is on the ouside) There is no means of creating air flow through out the cell. The Inmates need to be furnished with fans in all cells for each Inmate. Many of the Units Exhaust Fans that are supposed to remove the heat, do not work, which maintenance does not attempt to fix these units to help remove and circulate the extreme heated air.



Previous requests have been made to the TDCJ administration (over the facilities) for the names and locations of the units within TDCJ that are not able to have fans due to the old wiring and breaker boxes. As of this date, this information has not been furnished enabling us to inform the Voting, Taxpaying, Texas Citizens with this information. Please be aware that the Commissary sell fans, if they have them in stock, but usually do not give the Inmates the Warranties that go with the fans which many break within a few days of use. Also, if a fan is returned to Commissary workers have informed us that the problem fan is just put back into a box and sold as new instead of this merchandise being returned to the manufactor for replacement or refunds. Then the next Inmates has a broken fan that will not circulate the extreme hot air.



It has been reported that many of the units have closets full of fans that the INMATES are not allowed to have due to the electrical problem. It is a policy that ALL Inmates are supposed to be allowed to have fans but that is not happening due to many issues and problems including retaliation. Also during the summer time, at no time is a State of Texas Employee Staff member of The Industrial Prison Complex for Profit, to remove or confiscate an Inmate's fan.



DO NOT DONATE FUNDS FOR FANS UNTIL YOU KNOW IF

Before more fans are purchased to be stored in closets, those that are concerned for Inmates to have fans, need to call, email, fax, write their REPRESENTATIVES:Texas Legislator on Line email:

TX Online

for the Representative for your area and TDCJ Unit Location:
  • requesting that something be done about this inhumane EXTREME HOT SUMMER HEAT
  • request that outdated TDCJ units be replaced with new units that are up to date in the electrical and plumbing areas enabling the Inmates to have proper electrical, plumbing, and water facilities.
  • harsh punishment for guards found to withhold cups, ice,cool water from inmates, fans, or turn off the circulating building fans
  • harsh punishment for guards failure to call for repairs of circulating building fans, all fans to be repaired within 24 hours
  • The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that extreme heat can be a violation of prisoner rights:
    "In a case involving a 64-year-old former Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmate who suffered from hypertension and other medical ailments, the federal court in New Orleans held that allowing an inmate to be 'exposed to extreme temperatures can constitute a violation of the Eighth Amendment.' The case was remanded to the district court for a new trial."
    Full article here:Article
    It seems that our cause is not so far off of a goal after all! This is why we need to continue raising awareness and spreading the word! Change will come with the right mixture of civilian outrage and judicial wisdom.
    As long as this issue remains in the news, we have more of a chance to enact change. Please continue to share our petition with family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else that may be interested in our cause. Change will not happen overnight, and we can't do this without you! Samantha Herrington

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    House District 83 - Representative Charles Perry
    4216 102nd Street, Ste 101
    Lubbock, TX 79423
    806 783 9934 phone
    806 783 9738 fax
    EMAIL

    Texas Legislators Online Lookup

    Also send a copy of this ACTION REQUEST to:

    Sunset Advisory Commission
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    1400 North Congress
    Capitol Extension, Suite E2.2002
    Austin, TX 78701
    Email:Sunset Advisory Commission
    Webpage Contact


    Governor Rick Perry
    State of Texas
    The Capitol
    P.O.Box 12428
    Austin, TX 78711
    email:Gov Rick Perry

    Lt.Governor David Dewhurst, Chair,
    Legislative Council of Texas
    The Capitol
    Austin,TX 78711-2968
    email:Legislative Members
    and
    email:Lt.Gov.Dewhurst

    Senator John Whitmire,Chair
    Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
    P.O.Box 12068
    Capitol Station, Austin, TX78711
    Email:Senator Whitmire

    House Correction Committee
    Capitol Office, 1W.3
    P.O.Box 2910
    Austin, TX 78768
    Email:Correction Committee Members




    TEXAS GOVERNOR


    Governor Rick Perry
    Office of the Governor
    P.O. Box 12428
    Austin, Texas 78711-2428
    Ph: (512) 463-2000
    Fax: (512) 463-1849
    Email:CONTACT

    Texas Rangers
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Headquarters
    P.O. Box 4087
    Austin, TX 78773-0600
    (512) 424-2160
    Email: CONTACT

    ACLU of Texas
    State Headquarters
    P.O. Box 12905
    Austin, TX 78711-2905
    (512) 478-7300
    (512) 478-7303 fax
    Email:EMAIL
    Website: CONTACT

    John Moriarty, Inspector General
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Office of Inspector General
    Investigations Department
    2503 Lake Rd. Suite 5
    Huntsville, TX 77340
    (936) 437-5030
    Fax (936) 437-5138
    Email:CONTACT

    Scott Medlock, Director and Attorney
    Prisoner's Rights Program
    Texas Civil Rights Project
    Prisoner Rights Program
    The Michael Tigar Human Rights Center
    1405 Montopolis Drive
    Austin, TX 78741-3436
    Ph: (512) 474-5073
    Email:CONTACT

    TDCJ DIRECTOR


    Brad Livingston, Executive Director
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    P.O. Box 13084-Capitol Station
    Austin, Texas 78711-3084
    Ph: 512-463-9988
    Fax: 512-936-2169
    (No Email available)

    Texas Sunset Advisory Commission
    EMAIL



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    Notation: This is in reference to the Texas Prison Summer Heat.Remember many units are not allowed to use fans and any fans sent in are just stored in storage.The INMATES do not get the benefit of the fans.!


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