Prisoners Report on Conditions in

Luther Unit - Texas

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www.prisoncensorship.info is a media institution run by the Maoist Internationalist Ministry of Prisons. Here we collect and publicize reports of conditions behind the bars in U.$. prisons. Information about these incidents rarely makes it out of the prison, and when it does it is extremely rare that the reports are taken seriously and published. This historical record is important for documenting patterns of abuse, and also for informing people on the streets about what goes on behind the bars.

We hope this information will inspire people to take action and join the fight against the criminal injustice system. While we may not be able to immediately impact this particular instance of abuse, we can work to fundamentally change the system that permits and perpetuates it. The criminal injustice system is intimately tied up with imperialism, and serves as a tool of social control on the homeland, particularly targeting oppressed nations.

[Censorship] [Luther Unit] [Texas]
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Texas mail denied for including stamps

Well Houston, we have a problem. I sent out a letter to you asking for the Texas Pack. I enclosed 1 SASE and 4 stamps. The mailroom denied the envelope with SASE and 4 stamps. Yet they wrote the denial form up stating denied 4 stamps and did not say anything about the self addressed stamped envelope. So I sent out another letter with (see denial form) 2 SASE, one with 6 stamps, one with one stamp. I wanted the Texas Package and the complaint form.

I have appealed both denial forms. The 1st denial form was in the 2 letters I sent to you. The first denial said I could not purchase anything with stamps. I explained I wasn't purchasing anything, just covered postage. So I request you'll also appeal this. The reason they don't allow stamps is because inmates have been using them to purchase "Kill Shot" magazines. I am also filing a grievance over this matter. There is nothing in Texas mailroom rules about stamps or SASE. Another violation of freedom of speech. There are others who require SASE like Merriam Webster Language Research Service. I don't see how that can stop SASE going out. So please appeal this also so that your name can be on approved list since you do not sell "Kill Shots."

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[Abuse] [Luther Unit] [Texas]
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Grievance system a failure in Texas

I am currently an inmate in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). I have recently been having trouble with some of the ranking officers of the Luther Unit. Such as cussing me, abuse of power, threats of cases and the taking of my property.

Every grievance I have written has been no help, even the step twos. I was talking to a fellow inmate, and he told me to write to you. That you provide information or how to write proper grievances, and AD and PD codes that will help. I told him I was indigent, but he said you provide the grievance packages free of charge. If this is true I would greatly appreciate your Texas grievance packet and any other useful information you can provide.

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[Abuse] [Luther Unit] [Texas]
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TX officer to prisoner: shut the f up

A little on a problem I am having. Recently one of the ranking officers on my unit got in my face and told me "shut the fuck up bitch," now, I am very respectful to these officers and I didn't even snap back at the officer who did this. I would really like to know what I can do against this officer legally in response to this incident. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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[Abuse] [Luther Unit] [Texas]
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Freezing Showers Leading to $100 Medical Copay

At Luther Unit, the showers are extremely freezing. We are subjected to get in this water or go without showering. We are called out for showers at 6 a.m., and at this point it is still cold outside.

The medical fee of $100 will be subtracted from your Trust Fund account if you send in a sick call request, but it's due to this temperature of this cold shower. Some officers who know of this are scared to speak up because it's seen as showing favoritism to offenders, which is a blatant lie. Offenders are scared to file I-127 grievances due to the retaliation of the Safe Prison Sergeant Myles.

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