How I Posted Here While I was in Prison

By Texas Magnum

My family was my conduit to the real world. No, in Texas prison I did not have internet access. I could not check my email or post a thought. I would write my snail mail to a family member who posted for me. It was a very manual process and took a week or 10 days to post. When I was situated in TDC, my family members could communicate by email (JPay) but inmates cannot reply by email. They need to use regular mail and hand write their letters.

Being able to get your comments and responses back was really encouraging. I helped me feel connected, and like more than a number and a statistic. Please comment, and share. I still really enjoy hearing from y’all.

  1. Denise says:

    If anybody out there knows somebody that is located in the ” Estelle” unit please contact me. there is somebody in there that i really need to get in contact with but i have no way of doing so. my email is

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Denise, I don’t want to discourage you but I think it’s unlikely that a random other person at Estelle will know the person you are trying to reach. Have you tried looking them up in the inmate locator and then writing to them? That is probably your best bet. Peace ~ Magnum

  2. Roger says:

    I would like to know how long is a person in the transfer unit. He was told that it is now 3 years. Do they have a set time in transfer units, before he is moved to a prison?

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Hey Roger. No, there is not a set time. Most folks are at a transfer unit just a couple months at the most. But, it’s true that some inmates spend their entire sentence at the transfer unit. I can’t say there are any good guidelines to go by, it just seems to vary from case to case. I don’t know why they would tell someone it was three years though. TDC likes to keep us guessing most of the time. Good luck and peace ~ Magnum

  3. bee says:

    what is a code 20 case a prisoner caught inside the pen??

  4. bee says:

    What is a code 20 on a case a prisoner caught inside the pen??

  5. Tammy says:

    You are a very intelligent young Man I found your blog by accident and I could NOT stop reading it as a Mother I know just how your Mother feels as my Son is a young Man around your age also Incarcerated in TDCJ like you he has written me letters describing alot of the same things I just love how positive you are,please keep your head up and I pray that God sends you and your Family a yes when you see parole so that you can return to your Mothers Open arms May God wrap yourself and your Family safely in his arms.

    Thank You Texas Magnum

  6. aj heat says:

    Thank you so much for writing this. My husband just turned 26 and right before was sentenced to 30 years for intoxication manslaughter. This is a whole new life for us, and it really helps me to read your blog and get an inside look as what he is going through. Sometimes I hate reading it, and knowing, but it helps. I really appreciate what you and your family are doing… Stay positive. Stay strong.

  7. Melynda says:

    Hello! Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed reading your writings. You seem so much like my son in many ways:) I have heard from him many of the same things you have written about, so now I know it isn’t just him complaining about how some of the prisoners act that really gets on his nerves. He is one to stay to himself mostly – says that is the best way. He doesn’t want to associate with the animals in there. He is there for alcohol level of .089 and having a vehicle accident. He was also addicted to hydrocodone and xanax. Know what you were talking about when you talked about how it is to withdraw from drugs – he had tried many times before going to prison. He has come back to his raising of being close to the Lord and this has helped him so very much. He has also grown into a man while there. He has been in for 5 1/2 years and comes up for his first parole in October 2012. It is a shame that our state doesn’t have a place to send drug/alcohol offenders for the help they need instead of having to live with those who are so bad they don’t care about anything. I really love your attitude and pray that you can keep it up. I know is does get hard at times with the living conditions y’all are living in. But, keep the Faith and stay strong with your belief. Guys like you and my son will have a life again once you get back home, and it will be much better than what you were living before going to prison. My son says that God knew how to get him “well” and that was prison – and prison he went. He also says that it saved his life – God saved him from himself. I believe it also. I will continue watching your blog for more news. Keep up the great work and you will be surprised who God may use you to help. My son has been able to help some of the guys with Bible study group. Stay strong and keep your head up. You have a wonderful attitude. Also want to thank your family for keeping your blog going. It really helps us mothers that have our sons in prison to be able to read your posts and know that there are many other good guys in prison with our sons. Thank you again. God Bless you and your family.

  8. Leigh says:

    I am so glad to have found your blog. This week my son was sentenced to 2 yrs state jail and 10 yrs TDC to run together.They say he will go to state jail first and he has already spent 6 months in county that will go toward TDC. He was convicted of criminal negligent homicide and failure to stop and render aid. It was a car accident. The lawyer said more than likely he will get to come home after state. I am so confused with all this. Right now he is angry and bitter so what can I do to help him have a better attitude and not feel like his life is over.Thank you so much for your help

    • Renalyn says:

      I also think that the time Donald spent apart or outside of his life alwelod for greater perspective and introspection. Often it’s difficult to see what’s right in front of us. Your friend Donald had that time to really think about what he wanted and needed to live happily ever after .

  9. Art Knowles says:

    Texas prisons are inhumane!

  10. Rollerswartz says:

    I hope you are able to maintain your current outlook on things after your release. Having an addictive mind is a real challenge, a true handicap to success. The hurdles can be overcome though, if an individual has, beneath the surface, the soul of a good, caring, person…who has compassion and concern for people. There are many in prison who do not have these qualities. They are the ones who are disrespectful, arrogant, loud, violent, impulsive. They are the ones who make prison suck even more than it already does. These animals need to remain in prison either forever, or until they become old men, regretfully condemning their past ignorance and foolishness. There are a lot of prison inmates, however, who do have a good soul, but were caught up in addiction, alcohol related incidents, possessions, thefts..a lot are young men who have just never been forced to comply with structure. Incarceration is a complex, frustrating, sad affair. It affects so many people, beyond the prisoner himself. I was sentenced to 8yrs TDC in 1987. Burglary of a habitation. Smith county tx. In my senior year of high school, doing drugs, probation given, and instead of walking to my high school graduation, at 18 I walked into TDC Huntsville. I went to Gatesville, briscoe, darrington, Clements, ney…worked fields til my fingers and hands were so blistered I had to salt em to harden em up. I was released in 1995 and never looked back…never saw any of my high school drug buddies again..moved a couple hundred miles away, started over, and never had a regret..have had a great working life, working for BP..Amoco..building houses..buying and reselling a bit of land. I am 42 now, have 3 beautiful kids, a beautiful, wonderful wife, and a pretty awesome spot to live..a nice brick home with fireplaces, stone, tile, towering trees everywhere, two cute dogs, and laughing kids. My man, life can get good if you let it. If you have patience. If you are fair to others. If you allow karma to work in it’s own time. The biggest challenge to me was letting go of the hate that builds up while you are with the animals. When I went to prison, I had friends of every color, at my home, all the time. I was one of two white kids on my boxing team, as a youth. My father raised me to judge individuals and not judge race. I almost lost that good quality. By the time I left prison I was so full of rage I fantasizes about murdering blacks and prison guards. I had to let that go to make it in the real world. Anyways, I moved to the country, so I don’t worry about much! Dream on, brother!

    • Editor says:

      Hey Roller, thank you for your comment, it is great to hear about someone who used a negative experience as a catalyst for change. I have sent your comment on to Magnum and I am sure he will take it to heart too. Your story is what he hopes for himself. He just got moved to a different unit and still hasn’t been able to send a new update for the blog, but he is keeping focused on his own growth and well-being. Thank you again for sharing your story, it is great!!!

  11. Rhonda says:


    Would you be interested in exchanging links? We have members from Texas, who might be interested in your site.

  12. Debbra W says:

    My son is in county jail awaiting trial. It is so frustrating that you can not communicate honestly at all. His bail is one million and he is facing LWOP. How can you can put on a defense if everything you say and write is recorded or scanned. They claim its for jail security but the recordings are used extensively by the district attorney. You are so fortunate to have someone on the outside.
    Many if not most are utterly alone.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m reading this,and realized 2011,I’ve never posted or ,anything,I’ve read little here and there ,my son had done couple of months,Thank God He’s home now,Please pray he stays,I am now trying to find out more being he’s in for 2years way farther away and more time than my son,I didn’t realize there’s so many people that’s actually going thru same thing,This is not so bad ,I’ve heard leave the jail b birds ,prisoners rot,etc,
      But love,faith,prayers, GOD will get us through this,
      Many prayers to you all

  13. Neon says:

    Nice blog, I added the link to my blog

    Can you list the link?

    Thanks and good luck!

  14. Danielle says:

    I am currently engaged to someone who was incarcerated 3 months ago, and is spending time in Harris County right now. It is pretty much inevitable that he will be going to prison and not for a short time either. I just wanted to say how much this has been able to give me (and him when I talk to him next) some sort of look into how his life will be in prison. We both are completely clueless on what to expect on ANYTHING, since he hasn’t even been officially convicted yet. These past 3 months have been difficult, and we are both looking forward to when he will be able to BE THERE again. As it is, he will be missing the birth of our son. Anyways, I just wanted to say thank you for this blog, and a thank you to your family member who posts this for you.

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Danielle, I am the Editor and who posts these for Texas Magnum. I will be sure he gets your message, thank you. I also want to urge you to visit You can find a LOT of support there, it is a wonderful site. There is a whole section on Texas and will give you a lot of information about what your loved one will encounter. There is also a huge section for those in relationships with incarcerated people.

      Thanks again, keep your chin up and keep visiting!

  15. SlvrMag says:

    I know that there are amazingly talented and kind hearted people in prison.
    I’ve never been to prison, but I know many people who have.
    I have been addicted to meth since 1992. I have not used in 2 years. It is a struggle, but oh so worth it!
    If you are tired of the pain using brings you, and you want to be clean MORE THAN YOU WANT TO USE, you can do this!

  16. san says:

    hi, i live in the uk. my daughter at aged 19 was addicted to coke. i basically grabbed her from where she was living took her home and got her through it , it broke my marriage up ,but you know what , i couldnt get any help from anybody and it was a small price to pay for having my daughter back….she is 28 now has gone bk through college, has a job 5 lovely children and is took her until about 3 yrs ago to say i hated you back then but you probably saved my life.thank you.
    my reply was im your mum its what im here for ,
    i will be following your blog, good luck on this part of your life journey.and say hi and thanks to your family for helping to get this blog out here to everyone. i work with students now and i will be handing the site address over to a couple of them that i think could benefit from your writings.

  17. Spiny Norman says:

    I’m reminded me of a song I wrote long, long ago. I was feeling (at that time) metaphorically imprisioned, trapped by a drinking problem that most of the time seemed impossible to break free from. And yet, I had some hope.
    The only thing to understand before reading this is that the phrase “in durance vile” is an old way of saying “restraint by, or as if by, physical force”, like being held against one’s will.

    In Durance Vile

    In durance vile I pray to Thee
    to cast a glance upon my sorrow
    and grant a bit of sup to me
    that I might walk the path tomorrow.

    To Thee I lift my heart in praise —
    a solace for my weary feet.
    And so today I sing my prayers
    and maybe yet we two shall meet.

  18. Michelle Williams says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog. My son is in prison, we talk a couple times a week and I go visit him on the weekends. His appeal is being considered right now and I pray he comes home. Until my son went to prison I had no idea what it was like or how many good people are in prison. I thought prisoners were violent people that couldn’t function in society. Now I want reform on the criminal justice system because too many good people are locked away when that should be a last resort. I think there are more humane ways to correct destructive behavior and most people would adjust their behavior rather than be locked away for a long time. I hope we can change the mind set of citizens that every problem should be handled by cops, court, and prison. Keep up the positive approach to this part of your life, it will make a difference in the long run.

    • Texas Magnum says:

      Thank you for your support. I’m sorry to hear your son is in prison and I hope too that he will soon be released and sent home to the people who obviously love him. My prayers will be with y’all.

      • Arely Moreno says:

        My husband is in TDCJ and his projected release date is in march 21, 2016 and his maximum sentence date is april 19,2017, i do know that he is acting good and he talked to a parole officer and they told him that he was getting his short way which is march 21, 2016 but he said he doesnt know if its true or not and im confused by which date i should go by he is in holliday unit.

        • Texas Magnum says:

          Hey Arely, the problem wiht TDC is there is just no sure formula. I would say his projected release date is a real good guideline but the actual day is not a sure thing. But it sounds real likely he will be home sometime in the spring of this year, assuming things continue to go good for him. It’s hard to be patient, but it’s about all you can do. His parole officer doesn’t have much reason to be lying to him either, if he was doing bad they would tell him. So just hang in there and sometime soon you ought to be getting positive news of a solid date. Peace ~ Magnum