We had thought that maybe death row in Texas might be moved to a
different unit by now. But, so far, this hasn't happened.
put up more razorwire on the Ellis Unit, and are constructing
(watch towers) over the rec yards.
They were told that DR will
overalls rather than the usual prison whites to differentiate
general population but, so far, the new clothing has not been
They are no longer allowed any type of religious
Last week they were notified that no more supplies
production (piddling) will be allowed, and office supplies may no
be sent in from free-world stores
everything must be bought in
But then they began in-outs again. This means that
are able to go to the dayroom at least twice a day for two hours
if on the "work capable program".
The garment factory is
being manned by general population prisoners.
The new warden
does, however, listen to the men, and has been seen visiting with
prisoners on the wings about their concerns
i.e., he isn't just
in his office giving orders.
One prisoner who has been there a
long time wrote him a lengthy letter, and he called the prisoner
office to discuss all of the concerns and apparently the
in-outs came after that conversation.
Many people have e-mailed me asking how John William King is
that he is on the Row.
I will tell you that I finally felt a
compassion for the man after hearing some of the stories. Even
white guys are saying they would kill him if they could get
He is apparently a very small man
which I hadn't even
in the tv coverage. One man described him as looking like a
deer who is
standing in the path of oncoming headlights.
that everyone who walks by the cell spits on him.
confirmed that every time he has passed the cell, the man has
the very back
never on his bunk or anything like the others.
friend on the Row made the following comment:
"What the man did
wrong. I wouldn't ever want to see him on the streets again.
But if I
say it's right to execute him, then I must say that it's right
execute me as well."
I must concur. Execution is NEVER the