|"Inmate Laborers in Texas
are wholly uncompensated for their work, and conditions remain barbaric . . ."|
The Texas Prisoners Labor Union
The Texas Prisoners Labor Union is established to provide Inmate Laborers
with a social and political forum from which to promote principles of social
justice in a manner consistent with Human Rights.
The Texas Penal Colony is one of the most expansive industries in the
However, while the populations have swelled to over capacity,
the Texas Correctional Industries programs have not kept in step.
result basic concepts of imprisonment in Texas remain unchanged from the
prior plantation dictates that induce slavery.
Inmate Laborers in Texas
are wholly uncompensated for their work, and conditions remain barbaric
in spite of twenty years of formal litigation, offering Inmate Laborers
little hope for the future.
There are no effective programs which would
allow for an environment wherein rehabilitation and productivity are synonymous.
Therefore those of us who remain confined within the Penal colony are doomed
to remain chained to the revolving door that has long become the accepted
policy of incarceration in Texas.
Legislators are happy to accept this
concept of incarceration as it provides Texans with an ever growing industry,
which in turn provides the citizenry of Texas with jobs in various areas
This insane policy must be stopped and it is up to us to
We must bind together so as to form a political base from which
we may collectively assert our Human Rights and negotiate collective bargaining
for improved working and living conditions, wages, and rehabilitative programs.
These programs will allow us to develop skills and habits which will lend to our
once again entering society as responsible and productive citizens.
Daily, the current Texas government is stripping more and more away from us and
will continue to do so until there is nothing left.
can stop this onslaught against human rights and social justice, only "WE"
can help ourselves.
For more information on how you can help, please write:
Lt. Col. Ricky L. Long
RR 3 Box 59 PP490671
Rosharon, TX 77583