What To Expect When You Are An Inmate In A Texas Prison. This is one of the hardest questions I face in the practice of law. Occasionally, I have a client who is sentenced to time in a Texas prison and they have no idea what to expect.
This article is an excellent overview of what they can expect when arriving at a Texas prison for the first time.
Another good resource is the radio program The Prison Show which is every Friday at 9 p.m., thousands of prisoners across East Texas settle into their bunks, pull out their hand-held radios and tune in to this program, the only radio show in the country that caters to prisoners and the families they’ve left behind.
The Prison Show has been trying for decades to relieve the harshness of the Texas penal system, which leads the country in executions and has the largest prison population of any state. It’s run by a group of Texans who have set out to change the public’s perception of prisoners by emphasizing that inmates aren’t animals; they’re fathers, husbands, sons and daughters.
The show broadcasts from KPFT in Houston, a nonprofit Pacifica Network radio station based in an old house near the city’s downtown. Its first hour offers news and talk about Texas prisons and courts, but it’s perhaps more famous for its second hour, in which relatives of prisoners can call in live and deliver messages to their loved ones.
If you or someone you know is facing being sentenced to to time in a Texas prison and they are anxious (scared to death) about what will happen, let this read this article or have them start listening to this radio program. A little knowledge may go a long way in giving them a little comfort in what they are facing.