Law Library Problems at Ellis Unit
I am writing to add on to the article that you ran in the January/February 2015 edition of Under Lock & Key, titled "Texas Hides Grievance Manual." Frank Hoke also has it that once you sign in to the law library, we are not allowed to leave and go to the bathroom the entire session. If we do go, we have to put everything up, leave our legal material in the law library, go to the restroom, and when we come back we have to sit by the door doing nothing until count clears. We have not been able to find this in any directive and since we cannot find it or it is not listed in the new January 2015 edition of the Offender Orientation Handbook (of which I have the only copy on this unit, since my family printed it off the TDCJ website). We are going to fight it since this policy is denying us our access to the courts. Also in the new orientation handbook, it states that the law library is to be open for one session on Saturdays, and this does not happen. I am going to work on that since it denies us access to the courts.