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Currently, the Texas prison system houses just under 126,000 people in approximately 100 units. 

Extreme Temperatures

Solitary Confinement

In January of this year (2023), men who are housed in isolation began a hunger strike that coincided with the beginning of the Texas legislative session, where 3 bills were introduced by Representative Meza in the House that would legislate change to the use of solitary confinement. In Texas, the term Solitary Confinement is no longer used, instead, isolation spaces are called the Special Housing Unit, the ALU or Administrative Segregation. To learn more click the button to the left

Medical Care

Slavery Under the 13th Amendment

Texas is one of the six states that doesn't pay prisoners, and the weight of their care falls on the families and support systems. John Oliver's video (to the left) covers many of the issues associated with free prison labor. 
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According to the State Auditor's Office employee turnover report for fiscal year 2022, juvenile correctional officers experienced the highest turnover of all job classifications at a rate of 70 percent. - Representative Cook
Concerns from Outside of the Us
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How do we change the course we are on?

Air Conditioning

It seems completely bizarre that in 2023 there could be a prison system, in a state as know for its extreme temperatures as Texas is, that doesn't have AC. Unfortunately, 70% of Texas prisons are without this life saving and common mechanical feature. This creates dangerous living and working conditions for population members and staff. As mentioned above, maintaining staffing levels has been an ongoing issue for years. This legislative session, the Texas House of Representatives not only filed four bills in favor or AC, they also appropriated money for two phases of a four phase plan in the states budget to address the issues of inhumane living and working conditions.  The Senate blocked two of these bills that passed in the House and removed the money from the state budget. One of the ways that we can change the course we are on is by recognizing that inhumane conditions are a detriment to all who are exposed to them on a daily basis. According to  Prison Policy Initiative each year that a prisoner is incarcerated reduces their life span by two years, and the Compassion Prison Project reports that a corrections officers life span is 59 years compared to the national average of 78.5 years. Installing AC and maintaining temperature between 65 and 85 degrees would greatly improve the quality of life and the work environment, and in the long run would save the state money currently spent fighting lawsuits, pay workman comp claims, run excessive electrical heat mitigation efforts, and would lower the overall medical budget needed to support a rapidly aging prison system of elderly people who are more susceptible to heat.


"It costs Texas taxpayers more than $28,000 per year to incarcerate an individual. The cost to educate and train individuals during their incarceration or community supervision so that they are better prepared to reenter society is minuscule compared to the costs to communities, victims, and families when they are not able to reintegrate successfully. Every dollar invested in prison-based education yields $4 to $5 of taxpayer savings in reduced incarceration costs. Expanding opportunities for incarcerated adults to complete a high school education and earn a diploma will reduce recidivism." - Senator King 
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