29/03/2011 00:41

We would ask all supporters and their friends to send a copy of the following letter to the addresses shown below. Please feel free to personalize the letter in any way, but please do not refer to any inmate by name! We would prefer that at least one of these letters is sent by post. However, email, fax, and especially phone, are also acceptable and welcome.   Only a 100% response to this appeal for action, protesting current treatment and policies at Polunsky, stand a chance of effective change. PLEASE send letters etc. TODAY, and urge your friends and their friends to do the same.

 Thank you for your help.


The letter:

Dear Sirs/Madam


I am aware of increasing reports of harassment and ill-treatment on the Death Row wings of Polunsky prison, Livingston.

I should like to remind all parties responsible for the administration and policy of that unit that inmates are held there on the instruction of the Court, pending final determination of the fairness and right of sentence, and prior to execution in some cases. It is not and never has been the direction of the Court that punishment, beyond secure and safe detention, should be permissible by penal authorities, other than reasonable and humane enforcement of equally reasonable and humane prison regulation.

Harassment and excesses of punishment imposed on prisoners have a direct effect on their mental and physical health. That is not permissible under US law and is in contravention of International law.

It is the requirement of every penal establishment to adhere to standards of practice and policy that reflect an appreciation and concern for humane and lawful detention under State, Federal and International Law.

I respectfully request that you exercise the powers of your office to effectively investigate, oversee and review current practice at Polunsky, and to make public your findings.





Please send to:


Michael Upshaw

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Region I Director’s Office

1225 Avenue G

Huntsville, Texas 77340

Phone: (936) 437-1770

Fax: (936) 437-1988


Ombudsman Office


TDCJ-Correctional Institutions Division

P.O. Box 99, Huntsville, TX 77342-0099

Phone: (936) 437-6791


Fax: (936) 437-6668




Ombudsman Coordinator


P.O. Box 99, Huntsville, TX 77342-0099

Phone:(936) 437-8035


Fax: (936) 437-8067




Teri Avery


Clerk to the Corrections Committee

EXT E2.110

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768-2910


Phone: (512)463-0796


Representative James White

Room E2.720, Capitol Extension

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768