Announcing Campaign to Resist Restrictions on Indigent Correspondence
During their August 2013 Board Meeting, the Texa$ Board of Criminal (in)Justice approved a revision to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Correspondence Rules. The rules came into effect with no warning on October 1, 2013.
This new revision restricts indigent prisoners to 5 one-ounce domestic letters per month. It also removed all references to the first 60 days a prisoner is indigent — essentially allowing the TDCJ to collect "indigent debt" indefinitely. The previous policy allowed 5 letters per week and only allowed TDCJ to recoup amounts expended during the first 60 days a prisoner is indigent. This revised policy clearly violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments, especially in light of Guajardo v Estelle, 432 F.Supp 1373 (1977 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16242).
We must proactively resist this policy. Attached is an example grievance that can be filed by TDCJ prisoners. I encourage you to edit, expand, personalize, or revise it. Proactively seek out other prisoners who have the courage to resist this revision. Encourage family/friends/freeworld comrades to contact the officials below and demand that this new policy be repealed:
TDCJ Ombudsman, PO Box 99, Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
TDCJ Executive Director, PO Box 99, Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Senator John Whitmire, PO Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711
Governor Rick Perry, PO Box 12428, Austin, TX 78711-2428
Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, PO Box 13084, Austin, TX 78711-3084
Attorney General Greg Abbott, PO Box 12548, Austin, TX 78711-2548
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, PO Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711-2068
Speaker of the House Joe Straus, PO Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910
Another new policy that came out of the August Board Meeting which needs our proactive resistance prohibits prisoners from receiving stationary through the mail, starting 1 March 2014. You will only be allowed to purchase stationary through the commissary. TDCJ is attempting to create a monopoly. Once this happens, they will be able to charge whatever prices they wish for their stationary. Start organizing resistance to this policy NOW!
Fight the System!
Resist Restrictions on Indigent Correspondence