Texas is Closing Prisons – What’s Behind It?

Posted: 1st December 2014 by Texas Magnum in About Prisons

In news today, the BBC reports “The US is known for its tough criminal justice system, with an incarceration rate far larger than any comparable country. So why is it that Republicans in Texas are actively seeking to close prisons”, asks Danny Kruger, a former speechwriter for David Cameron.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30275026

Read about this hopeful news and learn more why even conservative Republicans in Texas are realizing that today’s existing penal system is badly broken, and that low level offenders – mostly drug offenders – are spending too long in prison and not being rehabilitated. Long prison terms for relatively low level offenses results in creating a class of hardened criminals who struggle to re-enter the world after their sentences. Today, Texas is taking a new look at their methods and suggesting rehab may be the better choice for many of these offenders. This is hopeful news indeed!

  1. gege says:

    well let me say that when I was there it wasent even for drugs and that thing that they say prison is a good thing for people well its no do to people still come out and do the things more and more die to they think that they can do the things more better then they did before. this is the reason why allot of people think this well they are wrong on that and what they need to do is actually try to help other people that have been in there by actually helping them by giving them a chance iat working at what they are good at not criminal wise but what thy are really good at skills. there many people out there that have been in prison and they are very smart and they just don’t get to get a second chance at life cause people think criminal hell no I don’t want them in my company. this is just my way of thinking I just pray that people start actually helping people come back to freedom life.

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Gege, I hear you. If you’ve broken the law and paid your dues to society by being incarcerated, then it’s unfair to continue to be punished when you are released, but that is what happens. Being marked a felon seems to be a way to keep you down. It’s hard to get a decent job, takes a lot of closed doors before you find one open. To top it off, apartments won’t rent to you most times, and in Texas you are ineligible for different programs with a record for drugs behind you. I am lucky, I did find a guy who was willing to take a chance on me at his company, and I’ve been there several years now and I’m moving up. Hang in there, you can get on the right side if you persevere. Peace ~ Magnum

  2. Joyce Baker says:

    I agree that Inmates should get help becoming free of drugs and don’t think it makes no sense to make them suffer in prisions and not give them help we the people think this is a far better way than putting them back out on the streets without help there are many reasons they lean to drugs a lot is the way they are raised and also mental illness . Its time that our
    government wakes up and quit doing things the wrong way .

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Thanks for your comment Joyce. Any little change for the better is a step in the right direction. It seems that the nation is starting to realize that the war on drugs has not helped anyone, and hurt a lot of folks. Peace to you.

      • Kluso says:

        Rain, I too am sorry you had to go through that. My son, at 28, is going to go to TDC now… because he couldn’t survive his probation– after several relapses. That heroin is from the depths of hell… along with all the other drugs. He decided to take the two years… which after six months already served… may not be that much longer. I am anticipating he will need to go straight into another recovery program as soon as he gets out… although… we don’t have any more cash to front any high dollar programs. We are checking out various charitable or non-profit programs that look promising. He is scared getting ready to transfer from County… but is ready to get this part of it behind him. All the prison does … is put some more time… in between he needs to get some real recovery… although… he has been able to get some good AA while he is in county… this time. I wish all of you the best of luck… and I chime in with Magnum… and hope you are getting a handle on your addiction… despite what you have been through… Kluso.

        • Texas Magnum says:

          Kluso, I want you to know my time incarcerated was terrible but also the best thing that could have happened to me at the time. No doubt kept me alive and gave me a chance to think about things clearly. When I was in county I had the chance to get clean and did – sounds like your son has done the same. This next phase at TDC will give him a chance to get strong and to realize it’s all about his own choices. At least that was how it was for me. Keep us posted. For me, letters from home were gold, so keep in touch with him. Even a short note means a lot when you’re inside. Peace to y’all. ~ Magnum

  3. Rain says:

    This is wonderful news and something we ladies heard rumours of when I was doing time a few months ago at Planestate. It’s a bit outside of Houston. I was arrested for misdemeanour theft when I was 18, got out on probation, got arrested for heroin, got reinstated thanks to an amazing lawyer, and fucked it up fairly quickly and ran. I had no priors, no history of violent offences and was going to UNT. they found me a little over a year later and I got 8 months no back time and after I’d been sitting in jail for 3 months already waiting for court. I tried to fight the case and lost. So all in all I got time served for the theft and had to do 11 months for under a gram, literally the size of half my pinkie, it was residue mostly on a spoon. I lost my scholarship and job, my house, and my car got repod because of all the court fees and I had no one to take care of my shit.
    i know 11 months doesn’t seem like that long to some but in the sweltering heat far away from loved ones and suffering from a crippling depression it was more than I could bear.
    I tried to kill myself once after a fight I had where Ibasically got jumped and got thrown into seg where I was denied clothing and basic necessities. I got to wear a padded robe for a month. A male officer took to me and started bringing me food in exchange for basic flirty sexual talk. It escalated to groping and staring at me while I slept. I got scared and tried filing a grievance but nothing ever happened. It was surreal. I’d never do anything like that on the outside. In the end it just made me feel worse and I started ignoring him which only made him mad and from then on I got raided the most out of anyone even when Iwent back to the dforms point of this sob fest is, even in that short time, prison f’d me up. No one offered me rehab, only a cage, and I came out doing more drugs than before. I’ve got a new job but haven’t made it back to school yet. I’m still ashamed over what happened but maybe that’s thenature of prison. IIt’s not you in there. I hope for every young person out there with a drug problem these places are closed. It’s a virus that the general public wouldn’t even believe what goes on in there.
    I’m 21 years old.

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hello Rain, I was away from the site for awhile and just now got to read your comment. I am so sorry to hear you had to go through all that. It is not a fair system, that we know for sure. You said you came out doing more drugs than ever. I hope you have gotten a handle on that now. I went through the same thing, believe me I know its a hard thing, but I promise you can get to other side of that, and it will free you more than getting out of prison ever did. Glad to hear you are working and keep your eyes looking forward. If school is your goal then keep pushing towards that. Hang in there Rain and don’t let them win, you’ve got it in you to overcome all that happened to you and to succeed.

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