Behind the Walls: A Guide for Families and Friends of Texas by Jorge Antonio Renaud PDF

By Jorge Antonio Renaud

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ISBN-13: 9781417514915

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However, unless an inmate is bleeding or has some outward sign of illness, most officers will believe the sickness is faked. This attitude pervades every step of TDCJ medical care. It afflicts the nursing staff and security, and since no inmate moves in prison without security’s blessing, minor ailments are ignored and become major, at which point the inmate’s health has deteriorated and thousands of dollars must be spent attacking what was preventable if not for someone’s assumption that the inmate was lying.

This is the only hygiene item inmates will be issued, other than the daily motel-sized soap bar. If inmates want shampoo, deodorant, hair cream, after-shave, or foot powder, all must be bought in the commissary or be done without. Sad, but true. Inmates are issued one or two razors weekly and must remain cleanshaven. Barbershops are available for haircuts. Some units are more lax than others are, but hair must be kept short—not over the ears, or over the collar. Some inmates—usually the Black inmates who tend to have coarser hair—are given clipper-shave passes.

Some units will allow inmates to make picture frames of matches or toothpicks and to have pictures on their desks. Recognizing that many inmates wash their own clothes, some units allow temporary clotheslines to be strung from bunk to sink. But on most units, none of these things are allowed. The cells must be totally bare except for a Bible and a few cosmetic items on the desk, if there is a desk. Officers on those units are encouraged to go into cells and rip down any photos; to throw away any picture frames; to write disciplinary cases on any inmates who in any way try to personalize their cells or cubicles.

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