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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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"... every time you don't get the courtesy and service you feel you are entitled to, and every time you get disrespected, cheated, and treated like yourself were the criminal, then flood this office with your complaints and requests."
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You Now Have a Place to File Your Complaints and Problems Against Any Part or Operation With and In TDCJ-ID
by Martin Draughon

If you are a wife, husband, family member, or a pen friend of someone incarcerated within the Texas prison system and you have occasion to conduct any business with TDCJ-ID, please take note.

This is your legitimate, recognized avenue to have your complaints and/or requests heard. The bureaucrats running the system keep these avenue hidden from the general public.

If you do not speak out and make your voice heard, things will NOT begin to get any better for you or for us in here.

You pay the salaries of the people running this place and making the policies that govern this system. You DO have a say in how things are run and/or things that need to be changed or improved.

Now you have an "official" place to direct your dissatisfaction with the way things are run. This is your chance. Put this unknown and unused office to use.

From now on, every time you don't get the courtesy and service you feel you are entitled to, and every time you get disrespected, cheated, and treated like yourself were the criminal, then flood this office with your complaints and requests.

There's a pencil-pusher sitting there getting a paycheck, when the people who are paying his salary--YOU, the taxpayers--don't even know his job exists!!

You owe it to yourselves. And you will also be doing a lot to help improve the environment your loved one has to live in.

TDCJ-ID OFFICE OF OMBUDSMAN's purpose is to outline procedures for responding to public complaints and requests regarding the Texas Department of Criminal Justice--Institutional Division (TDCJ-ID), and to establish a central office of record for the responses provided.

Section 493.010 of the Texas Government Code, established by the TDCJ-ID Sunset Legislation, requires the Division (TDCJ-ID) to develop complaint management procedures, maintain an information file about each complaint, and provide status reports at least quarterly (to persons making complaints) until the complaint is resolved.

Additionally, in conjunction with the creation of the Governor's Office of Ombudsman, the Division is committed to taking an active role in responding to public complaints and requests.

The term "public complaint", as applies to this policy, is defined as a letter or verbal communication directed to the Division expressing dissatisfaction with the actions, policies, decisions, or performance of the Division and requesting corrective action(s) to be taken.

The public can request written or verbal inquiries, requesting the Division to provide information relative to its operation, inmates, policies, decisions, or performance.

NOTE: Those complaints and requests expressed by TDCJ-ID employees or inmates which are included in the established grievance procedures shall continue to be processed according to those guidelines.

PROCEDURE The TCDJ-ID Office of Ombudsman will handle the actual processing of public complaints/requests as follows: All complaints /requests will be immediately reviewed and logged in--noting the date received, source and general nature of the complaint/request; the staff responsible for response; the date a response is provided; and the general nature of the response.

If information is readily available, a written response will be forwarded immediately to the requesting party.

Complaints/requests requiring additional review will be processed in the following manner: *Forwarded to the appropriate functional manager, with a cover IOC noting the due date (to accommodate a response within ten working days); and *The functional manager will prepare a draft response and return it to the TDCJ-ID Office of Ombudsman by the due date for final processing. In the event further investigation is warranted, a ten-working-day extension may be granted by the TDCJ-ID Office of Ombudsman.

The general nature of complaints/requests received by the TDCJ-ID Office of Ombudsman will be summarized monthly and provided to the Director and Deputy Directors. The TDCJ-ID Office of Ombudsman shall be the repository for complaints/requests handled through that office.

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