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A Review of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
by Jerry Hogue #660

The Lamp of Hope Goes Internet
by Les Bower #764

What Price We Pay
by David Goff #999015

Unpardonable
by Windell Broussard #999064

Texas Prisoners Labor Union

Problems in TDCJ-ID

Capital Punishment and Thus Saith the Lord
by Rev. Joe E. Blackmon, father of Don Blackman

Texas Death Row Inmates Speaking Out on the Internet

You Now Have a Place to File Your Complaints and Problems Against Any Part or Operation With and In TDCJ-ID

Special Thanks Are Due!

We Couldn't Have Done It Without You

Murder Victims' Families Are Not Served by Another Death
by Pat Bane

Gone Too Soon
by James E. Session

Books That Need to be Checked Out

Death Row Activities and Events

ATTENTION! National Coalition Against the Death Penalty Thank You! Thank You!

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TEXAS DEATH ROW JOURNAL
published by The Lamp of Hope Project

Editor: Billy G. Hughes, Jr. CPL #556
Asst. Editor: Billy Nelson #999017

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"Inmate Laborers in Texas are wholly uncompensated for their work, and conditions remain barbaric . . ."
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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 United States.

However, while the populations have swelled to over capacity, the Texas Correctional Industries programs have not kept in step.

As a 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 of corrections.

This insane policy must be stopped and it is up to us to stop it.

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.

Only "WE" 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
Founder
RR 3 Box 59 PP490671
Rosharon, TX 77583


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